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Old 10-17-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

I was just checking out the Regs on shooting here in S.FL,(I'm pretty new to the whole scene) and I noticed there are different regs for the "Lesser"(14-22in) and "Greater"(28+ in) Amberjack.

So I looked a little deeper into the subject and found some pictures of the two.

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I was wondering if there was an easy way to tell the two appart, or am I missing something?

Thanks J.
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:58 PM   #2
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

The fin/spike on the top of the lesser AJ is smaller than the one on the Greater AJ....I think.

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Old 10-17-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

I wouldnt mess with the little guys, but the lessers seem to be taller in the rear than a Greater. Where the dorsal and anal fins are it is taller than a greater of the same size. There is also an Almaco jack(which looks like a big lesser amberjack) and Bar jacks(blue lengthwise stripe) and yellow jacks(yellow stripe and coloring.) Plus Horse eye, and Jack Crevalle, and a few others. At great depths the colors dont show so much and they really get confusing. If in doubt, dont shoot.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:03 PM   #4
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

I meant body wise, in that area, they look thicker, taller, deeper in the rear.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:17 PM   #5
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

lesser has 8 spines on the dorso fin, greater has 7
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:17 PM   #6
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Look at the head. Those pics are just drawings not very good on the difference between the two. Great jacks have a bullet shape head while the lesser jacks head is not as tapered.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:44 PM   #7
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Yes, more of a forehead, like the fore head of a permit compared to a pompano. An angular head. But it is subtle.
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Don't lessers also have a white spot on the top and bottom of the tail fin?
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

http://rodnreel.com/gulffish/gulffis...iew&FishID=177

http://rodnreel.com/gulffish/gulffis...=view&FishID=1

Lesser has a more "square" body shape, a blunter head, different dorsal fin look, and is quite a bit darker in color. Also tastes better, IMOP.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:12 PM   #10
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Thanks for all the quick responses and good info. I totally agree with the "if in doubt dont shoot" idea. But I didn't want to limit myself so I'm trying to learn all I can. I guess I'll have to keep all this in mind when im down there.

Thanks. J.
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Dont forget about the rudderfish.
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Shoot it in the tail, if it takes your gun or kicks the shit out of you, it's a Greater.

Once you catch a few of each on rod and reel, you will be able to tell very quickly.
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

I have only found the lesser on sargasum or things like that floating in blue water,most of them are pretty small.
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

An old timer once explained the difference to me: "Greater amberjack are the ones I shoot, lesser are the ones others shoot..."

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Old 10-20-2006, 02:51 PM   #15
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Re: Lesser and Greater Amberjack?

Bucket says:

Lesser Amberjack are Amberjacks lesser than 33"...

Seriously, the spine thing is right and I think the actual lesser amberjacks live in deeper water. Growing up, we always called them Amberines...but I think they were probably greater Amberjacks of Zackeritious Family...
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