Jack, Amberjack Greater
Amberfish, AJ, Coronado, Cavilla
The Greater Amberjack is characterized by a darker strip on the head, cutting across the eye from mouth to dorsal fin. Their coloration can range from blue to dark green with silvery sides. Occasionally the body can have a pinkish or yellowish hue.
Habitat & Behaviour
The Greater Amberjack can be found in subtropical waters near underwater structures such as wrecks, reefs, debris or rocks. They are a mid-depth fish and can at times enter coastal features such as bays.
The Greater Amberjack is a swift predator that preys upon cephalopods, crustaceans and smaller fish, their favorite being bigeye scad.
Reef fish like the Amberjack require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. A strong and powerful fish, the greater amberjack is a fairly smooth fish with no sharp teeth or gill plates. When landing the fish, use a gaff – right behind the gills is the ideal placement without hitting the body/meat of the fish.