Lesser Amberjack

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.

Lesser 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 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.
Did You Know? The young Lesser Amberjacks hatch on the open sea where they hide in the protective tentacles of jellyfish.
Common 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 Length and Weight 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.