Length - Maximum of approx. 3 - 6 feet
Weight - Maximum of approx. 10 - 100 lbs.
Amberjack are found throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Brazil and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
Amberjack are a pelagic fish that swim fast and can be found in open waters as well as around offshore reefs and other structures. These powerful fish are most commonly found between 60-250 feet of water.
The amberjack is a hefty hunter that feeds on fish, squid, and crustaceans.
Amberjack grow rapidly, and have been known to surpass 100 lb. in weight. These fish are thought to spawn offshore, but like the pompano knowledge of precise spawning behavior is quite limited.
Importance to Fisheries and Aquaculture:
The amberjack is highly respected by sportsmen for its great size and power. It also is highly-desirable for its great taste. These amazing fish provide an awesome recreational fishing experience, and as the largest of the jacks, they can prove to be quite a challenge. Species like the amberjack generate economic benefits to Florida’s coastal communities through the recreational fishing industry and associated tourism-based businesses.
Amberjack and pompano both come from family Carangidae, and while amberjack can reach sizes 20 times larger than pompano, they both are extremely exciting on the end of an angler’s line. As such they provide great enjoyment to sportsmen throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
The largest amberjack recorded was caught in Japan in 2010. This fish weighed in at 156 lb. 13 oz.