Almaco Jack

Similar in appearance to the greater amberjack, Almaco Jacks have tall second dorsal and anal fins.

The body and lower fins are generally dark brown or dark bluish green, and the lower sides and belly are lighter, sometimes having a lavender or brassy tint.

Almaco Jack 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 The Almaco Jack is found more often in deeper, oceanic waters than other jacks. Almaco Jacks often frequent deep water wrecks.

They feed on small fishes, squids, and shrimps.
Did You Know? Almaco Jacks have been observed rubbing against the rough skin of passing sharks. Some suggest Almaco Jacks do this to rub parasites off of their skin. Others suggest it might be a form of harassing sharks which may cause them to leave the area.
Common Lures and Baits Almaco Jack are often surface swimmers and can be caught while trolling tuna feathers, shiny spoons, or live bait.

They can be jigged with shiny spoons, bucktails, or diamond jigs.

Preferred natural baits include strips of squid, pieces of cut fish, or whole bait fish.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Almaco Jacks caught by anglers weigh between 14 and 20 pounds.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Almaco Jacks 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 Almaco Jacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.