The Greater Amberjack

The Greater Amberjack


April to December

Minimum size

12 cm

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The Greater Amberjack belongs to the Carangidae family. The Greater Amberjack adults can reach 2 m in height and weigh 50 kg. They have a lifespan of 17 years. They breed in summer. It is caught from April to December.
It is a bony fish that usually measures up to 1 meter but can sometimes reach nearly 2 meters long. Its body is ovoid, compressed laterally. The head is massive and the snout is rounded. It has two dorsal fins, the first being smaller than the other. The caudal fin is high and indented. The blue to greenish back is more rounded than the belly, its sides and belly are silvery white. The fins are darker. Its lateral line rises above the pectoral fins. A characteristic dark band runs through the eye.

The Greater Amberjack lifestyle

The Greater amberjacks eat mainly benthic and pelagic fish as well as crustaceans and squid. Among the fish most frequently preyed by the Greater Amberjack are bigeye scad (Selar crumenophthalmus) and sardines (Sardinella aurita and Sardinella pilchardus). Younger, greater amberjacks eat plankton, such as decapod larvae and other small invertebrates.
Spawning sites include reefs and shipwrecks, as evidenced by the number of young individuals in these areas. Larvae of young individuals that use tentacles of jellyfish or floating objects to shelter and grow safely.

The Greater Amberjack habitat

The greater amberjack gathers in schools when it is young, but this educational behavior decreases with the ageing of the fish. The oldest fish are mainly solitary. It can be found in coastal waters and above shoals. Younger children often live in the shelter of floating objects or among the tentacles of jellyfish. The greater amberjack can be observed in all temperate and warm waters around the world. It is absent from high latitudes.
It is present in Mediterranean and North Atlantic, off the Pacific coast, Australia, New Zealand, South America, California, Cape Verde, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Japan or Morocco.

The Greater Amberjack angling

The Greater Amberjack can be fished with encircling or dead nets, with bottom lines or floating lines, trolling (ideally live), jigging or lure throwing.

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