The Amberjack: “Largest of the Jacks”
The amberjack is a large fish with beautiful coloration that is a challenge for sport anglers and makes for a delicious dinner. Like many fish, amberjacks have light coloring on their undersides and dark coloring on top to avoid predators. They stand out for the yellow or olive-colored stripe that runs from their tail fin to their eye.
The Amberjack usually weighs about 40 pounds, but they can be much larger, and they put up a fight when you try to catch them. Once you do, though, you can enjoy their buttery flavor. Some people have compared amberjack to mahi-mahi and tuna. Our experienced team has the right equipment and the know-how to safely clean and prepare your fish for free once you catch them.
Amberjack Fishing Season in Destin, FL
The fishing season in Florida changes from year to year, but it can occur in the spring, around April or May, and in the late summer or fall months of August, September, and October.
Whatever your favorite Florida season is, you’ll have a chance to go up against the amberjack. Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for this year’s season and tips on how to fish without harming the amberjack’s ecosystem.
Southern Country Charters provides the right equipment and guides you to the best fishing spots in one of our clean and well-maintained boats.
Fishing for amberjack in Florida usually requires a sturdy fishing rod, the right lures, and some stamina.
You can find amberjack in deep water, where there are hiding places to keep them safe from predators. The trick is to lure them out with the right kind of bait. They like shrimp, squid, and small fish.
Be sure to have a hook removal tool with your gear when you fish so you can throw back small and sick fish. When you catch amberjack, watch for parasites around the tail and throw them back if they have any. After you clean your amberjack properly, you can grill it, bake it, fry it, or eat it raw as sashimi.
Destin, FL, is a great place to find amberjack and many other kinds of fish. The locals here know even more tricks that you can use for a successful fishing outing. Whether you’re here year-round or stopping by for a day or for a season, you’ll be welcome. After you’re done, stop by Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant or Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House to swap fishing stories.
We welcome newcomers and old hands at fishing to try our authentic charter fishing expeditions in Destin, FL.
A fishing excursion is your ticket to a vacation with southern charm, excitement, and natural beauty. Discover a unique country fishing experience with Southern Country Charters. To book a charter tour, call (850) 739-3175 or click the link on our website today.