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Maybe you didn't work out today and you need something to stretch out your arms and lower back. Well, the amberjack can certainly accommodate you. The fish range in size from 20 to 60 pounds, although I have seen them weigh up to 95 pounds.
Like all fish in the jack family, they are one of the toughest fighting fish in the ocean. Amberjack can be found around many offshore wrecks, both on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Amberjack are not very choosy eaters; they will readily take a live bait when it's dropped down to a wreck. Sometimes they get curious and swim up to the surface. That's when it's easy to target them with artificials or flies.
A good reel to use for them would have a smooth drag and at least 40-pound test line. Fishing rods should have lots of backbone. I particularly like a fast tapered rod. To target amberjack on fly, a 12 weight combo would be the minimum size to use.
This is a good time of year to fish for amberjack, especially if you want to take one home for the dinner table. Some people don't like to eat jack, since they do have worms. When the water is cooler, they tend to have less worms. However, when the waters are warmer, they can be riddled with worms in their flesh. The shoul-ders seem to be one of the only places on the fish's body that are often para-site-free. Amberjack are good fried, baked or smoked.
Get out there and give it a try before the water gets too warm.