Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjacks have a dark stripe on the head, which runs from the nose, through the eye, to the front of the first dorsal fin.

Their backs are blue or olive, the sides and belly are silver-white.

Occasionally there is an amber or pinkish color to the body.

Greater Amberjack Illustration by 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 Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences The Greater Amberjack is often associated with artificial reefs, floating debris, and wrecks at depths ranging from 60 to 240 feet.

They feed on fishes, squids, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? Greater Amberjacks congregate in schools when they are young, however this schooling behavior decreases as the fish grows older. The oldest fish are primarily solitary.
Common Lures and Baits Anglers catch Greater Amberjacks by drifting with live baitfish and by casting or trolling with shiny spoons and other deep running artificial lures.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Greater Amberjacks caught by anglers weigh between 20 and 50 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Greater 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 Greater Amberjacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.