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Lesser Amberjack

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Lesser Amberjacks are typically found in deeper waters ranging from 80 to 400 feet deep.

They feed on fishes, squids, shrimps, and crabs.
General Description
Lesser Amberjacks are olive green or brownish black on top with silver sides.

They have a dark band that extends upward from the eye.

Lesser Amberjacks have a proportionately larger eye and deeper body than greater amberjack.
Did You Know?
The young Lesser Amberjacks hatch on the open sea where they hide in the protective tentacles of jellyfish.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Anglers catch Lesser Amberjacks by drifting with live or pieces of cut fish and by trolling with feathered jigs, shiny spoons, and other artificial lures.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Lesser Amberjacks caught by anglers weigh between 7 and 25 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Lesser Amberjacks are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Lesser Amberjacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.