TIPS SALTWATER By: wfn Amberjack Species Identification Amberjack is a species of fish comprised of several subspecies, the most famous of which is the greater amberjack. This section will deal primarily with greater amberjack given its importance as a highly prized gamefish for anglers. Appearance Greater amberjack is the largest and most common amberjack that lives along the coast. They have a distinctive dark band which angles from the nose to the dorsal fin. The back side of the body is a bluish-purple color, while the sides and underbelly is silvery. A distinct yellow stripe runs horizontally down the flanks of either side of an adult fish. Its tail is deeply forked, giving the appearance of a crescent-moon. Maximum Size Amberjacks grow to a maximum length of 6 feet (1.8m) and weigh up to 176 pounds (80 kg). Typically, greater amberjacks don't exceed 40 pounds (18 kg). Geographic Range Greater amberjack can be found in subtropical regions throughout the world, in all oceans. Largest concentrations include Florida and the Gulf of Mexico and East Indian/West Pacific Ocean. Habitat Amberjacks hang around reefs, shipwrecks, oil rigs and floating debris, generally offshore at depths 60-240 feet (18-73m). Life Span Between 15-18 years. Amberjacks reach maturity at around 4-5 years of age. Food Fish such as sardines, squid and crustaceans. Spawning In the west Atlantic Ocean, greater amberjacks spawn from March-June, generally in reefs but also at shipwreck locations. Spawning begins for amberjacks anywhere between 2-4 years of age. Predators Fish such as yellowfin tuna and marine birds. Information Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife.