Amberjack Deep Sea Fishing Charters
Types Of Amberjack:
Perciformes Carangidae (Greater Amberjack)
Perciformes Carangidae (Almaco Jack)
Genus and Species:
Seriola dumerili (Greater Amberjack)
Seriola rivoliana (Almaco Jack)
Characteristics Of The Amberjack
These beautiful fish have a unique feature across its back in that it has a golden pinstripe across the upper body. Many fisherman in Tampa Bay call these golden amberjack for this one characteristic. These “full” fish seem very bulky and strong in their appearance and they carry a lot of meat on their bones. These bottom feeding fish are caught using amberjack bait and tackle. The amberjack can also be caught jut off the bottom of the ocean if they are close to a reef or a submerged object like a ship wreck.
Where To Find Amberjack
If you are looking to fish for Amberjack in Tampa Bay, you can find them offshore around the reefs, artificial reefs, and the many shipwrecks found of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa and Tampa Bay.
Amberjack Dimensions | Size And Weight
The size of the Amberjack’s caught by Captain Tom Pooler all vary in length and weight depending on the time of year we are fishing for them. Click here for Amberjack fishing months in Tampa Bay. Most of the Amberjacks caught in the Tampa area are around 10 pounds to 40 pounds and are best to catch in the later times of winter and early springtime. Many amberjack’s can get larger than 50 pounds and are always posted in our pictures of amberjack gallery section when our amberjack fishing charters catch one. Amberjack fishing in the gulf of Mexico can produce some really nice and healthy fish to catch.
The Amberjack “Fight”
We use conventional deep sea fishing rods and tackle when fishing for Amberjack. If you are looking for a good fish fight, try using spinning rods and spinning reels. When amberjack fishing in Tampa Bay over very deep ship wrecks or artificial reefs using conventional deep sea fishing gear, we recommend using conventional fishing reels and rods with gear at 60 lbs test. This should provide sufficient strength in the fishing line over some really deep bottom spots like in the Middle Grounds.
Amberjack Fishing Technique
The types of fishing used to catch amberjack in Tampa are bottom fishing, shipwreck fishing, charter boat fishing, drift fishing, and deep jigging. Captain Tom Pooler is proficient in several of these techniques to provide you with the best experience possible. if one technique isn’t working, we switch and try a new technique that moment. You never know whats going to work that day or whats not. If you aren’t catching fish, holla!
Amberjack Tackle and Bait
We only use live bait when fishing for amberjack in Tampa. This is especially true over live reefs or artificial reefs in the Gulf. We find it more difficult to use spinning rods when trying to catch these bottom fish especially when trying to pull from a wreck where the line may get caught. The live bait we use are goggle eyes, mullet, pinfish, blue runners, and also bonitos. Another technique when using tackle is to use the method of deep jigging. Deep jigging is a way to land the larger Amberjacks such as 40-60lbs. Tom Pooler may set you up with a heavy jig tipped with a ballyhoo or a bonito because they prove to be successful.
A good depth finder and recorder helps when trying to catch these amazing fish.
Tampa Deep Sea Fishing For Amberjack
Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charters goes deep sea fishing for all types of fish aboard our 31′ Formula boat. By creating a once in a lifetime experience, we usually are exceeding our customers expectations. One goal is to always explain about the time of year and what’s biting in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charter Reservations
Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing
6701 Sunshine Skyway Lane South, STE 60
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711