Amberjack, along with red snapper and triggerfish, comprise 95 percent of all fish landed on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Probably the most prized amberjack is greater amberjack, with a minimum size requirement of 34 inches from nose to fork of tail.
What makes amberjack so appealing for anglers? “Amberjack is one of the top fighting fish out there, and they are excellent on the grill or smoker when prepared fresh,” according to information reported by “The Online Fisherman.”
Amberjack are most often found several miles off the shoreline and to depths of up to 300 feet, so plan for a full day of fishing if you hope to encounter one.
Amberjack are drawn toward structures, such as oil and gas platforms, and the local charter boat captains know just where to take anglers to get the biggest fish.
Eating an amberjack is a real treat, with filets measuring just over half an inch thick.
Cover them in butter and a mix of spices, and all you need to do is cook them for a few minutes in a cast iron skillet.
Some vacationers prefer to take their catch into one of many restaurants in the local area that will cook what you catch. Have it blackened, baked or prepared in numerous other tasty ways.
When in season, amberjack is on the menu at local seafood restaurants whose chefs prepare them to your taste.
Amberjack are among the most regulated species of fish in the Gulf. In an effort to rebuild the supply of the desirable fish in Gulf waters, seasonal recreational amberjack fishing is closed from Jan. 1-June 30, depending on quotas. To be sure of the open season for amberjack or any other fish, check with your charter boat captain.
Regardless of when you are visiting the Gulf Coast, there’s always something biting. Be sure you plan a fishing trip when your group stays in a Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key condo.