Greater Amberjack is one of the toughest fighting fish you could ever tangle with. The largest of amberjack can weigh in at over 160 pounds. Average amberjack size is in the 30-60 pound range but catching a 100 pounder is possible when fishing with Bahia Mar Charters out of Galveston. Most plentiful in deep water, amberjack prefer large live baits fished at intermediate depths in 150-300 feet of water or deeper. This is where a large, fast, well equipped boat like ours shines. With her big bait wells, top end electronics and tackle, and speed, Bahia Mar can deliver maximum fishing time and efficiency on long amberjack fishing runs.
When a big amberjack hits the bait, hold on. You’ll be in for the fight of your life. The best time to fish for amberjack is during days with favorable sea conditions for a long run, and the current season structure is January to the first of June, reopening in August and closing in October for the remainder of the year. Call Bahia Mar and ask us about the up to date fishing seasons & regulations.
Amberjack is a firm white meat with a mild flavor and is a featured item at better seafood restaurants. Smoked AJ is a particular delicacy, especially in Florida, and is easy to prepare.
The Almaco Jack is a slightly smaller version of the amberjack, and, like the crevalle jack and rainbow runner, are usually found fishing for amberjack out of Galveston. The almaco is very similar in appearance to the amberjack. Like its bigger relative, the almaco is a tremendous fighter, also preferring live bait, with very similar table qualities. Almaco can reach a maximum size of around 80 pounds, with an average of 15-40.
The Crevalle Jack, unlike the others, is best known as an inshore fish, but they can be encountered amberjack fishing in deeper water out of Galveston as well. They can weigh up to 60 pounds and are extremely tough fighters, just like the amberjack, responsible for much broken inshore tackle. Not a sought after food fish, they are caught fishing out of Galveston for their sporting qualities.
The brightly colored Rainbow Runner is the odd fellow of this group. A free roaming, blue water wanderer, they aren’t particularly structure oriented. Rainbow runners are usually caught a long ways off of Galveston. They have a streamlined body, more like a mackerel or tuna, and are most frequently caught when fishing for other species. They range up to nearly 40 pounds and their food value is excellent.
African Pompano are included here although they aren’t a jack, but a cousin of the permits, because they tend to inhabit the same environments as most other jacks, i.e., deep water structure features. They are tough fighters, can grow to 50 pounds, and are table fare of the finest quality.
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