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why are amberjack known as being such a strong fish when the fights are so short?

Old 08-27-2020, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Stim View Post
Never caught one that wasn't full of worms!
I won't keep them.
Cut the worms out. Very good eating.

My ex captain that has been fishing for 50 years ate some tuna salad a guy gave him. Said it was some of the best Tuna salad he ever had.

The guy then told him it was AJ salad. Was priceless. True story. Had him fooled.

That same captain caught two 75 pound AJ's at the sametime in over 200 foot of water with a 6/0 Electra Mate.

Holly crap it was funny.
Old 08-27-2020, 10:44 PM
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Couple blue runners on my sabiki rig give a hell of a fight.
Old 08-28-2020, 09:33 AM
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Trash fish aside, Amberjacks are the only fish I've ever caught where after catching a couple, I literally did not want to catch anymore due to the pain of fighting them.

The feeling of dread when they picked up the next bait was something else.
Old 08-28-2020, 09:40 AM
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They are the only fish where I have seen people(girls and <13yo boys) cry.

Get them up on top and pitch the biggest live baits you can to a 50+lb fish and hold on. It's either gonna be a WILD 10 seconds till he breaks you off or you are about to feel the burn from your hair tips to your toenails.
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Originally Posted by C3man View Post
Maybe it's a fight you gotta experience for yourself but based on what I've seen I don't get the big deal.
Old 08-28-2020, 03:16 PM
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Nice thing about GOM AJs is no worms. Here is a 126# I took off the Roatan Express 20 years ago when I was young enough to take one on and enjoy it. Now I just enjoy watching the young bucks have at it. One of my favorite games now is betting the biggest boy on the boat a 20 spot he can’t keep the rod off the gunwale when we’re on the big ones.


Old 08-28-2020, 03:50 PM
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I've been in a tussle with an 87 lb AJ. all I can say is wtf. Definitely the most brutal 50 minutes of my fishing life. Cought on a Trevala with a Penn 45 GLS 100 lb braid. Plus with a lot of help with the boat chasing it down. They're incredibly powerful lb for lb
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Old 08-28-2020, 04:25 PM
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Even Chuck Norris would not want to catch more than a couple.
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Old 08-28-2020, 04:47 PM
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The Amberjack we catch off Louisiana in deep water over 300 ' have no worms
Old 08-28-2020, 05:18 PM
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Mr OP.....To answer your question: Why are amberjacks known as being such a strong fish when the fights are so short? Because YOU have never caught an Amberjack. Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question!!!!
Old 08-28-2020, 07:53 PM
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My arms were shot after a 25# AJ. I got him Jigging for tuna, It did not help I was down about 700' when I hooked up on a Diawa BG. Not exactly the best setup to wrestle them, But I had a idea after about 5 min that it was not a Big Tuna that I was hoping for.

Every Aj I have caught turns into a limp biscuit when they get in the top 10' of water. If you are to tired you can literally just let them lay on the surface why you gather your witts before hoisting him over the rail
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A 25 pounder almost took my 6’-2” 280 pound uncle to his knees when it hit a jig over a wreck, that’s all the evidence of strength I need
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Old 08-29-2020, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
im guessing the videos you have watched have been shortened and you did not realize it.

im also guessing you have never caught one!

a 30lb AJ is not going to be caught and landed in 5 min, if you do, you have some extremely large gear and you are built like the incredible hulk!

On TV they remodel an entire house in 30 minutes.
Old 08-30-2020, 08:44 AM
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Sample set bias. You don’t put up a video of all the AJs that kicked your ass so the majority of YouTube videos are of ones that got caught.

If someone ever says fishing isn’t a sport, put them on a big AJ.
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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
AJ's give up towards the end - after a shark eats 80% of their body.

You got that right!
Old 08-31-2020, 06:05 AM
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AJs are pretty tasty. Who said they are trash fish? Like moose and the other guy said, we don't get dem worms in 'em over here on da gulf.

last one I caught was in ~240ft. Weighed about 50#. I'm getting old. That fish wasted me. Only fish I caught that day, cause after that, my arms, back, legs were shot. I limped out of the pit, up ladder to the bridge and started driving my boat again. Nah, I leave dem AJs for the young bucks now.

Kick your ass? you betcha!
Old 09-01-2020, 05:38 PM
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Back home in N.C. When I worked on the headboat. We sit on a wreck in 115 foot of water. Catching tons of Beeliners. After they slowed down some the the AJ's would take over. Get free meals.

Nothing to catch 15 to 20 Jacks in no time. They would be busting 5/0 hooks like nothing.

If was a cluster of tangeled lines. The people loved it. Me not so much lol.
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I wonder where C3man is located. Id like for one of us to get him out and tie him into a AJ and see what he has to say after that.
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Originally Posted by jcmcintosh View Post
Even Chuck Norris would not want to catch more than a couple.
No way - right now there are a bunch of AJs on a forum board saying, “you don’t want to get caught by Chuck Norris. He will kick your ass.”
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The worst part about big AJ’s is that when you hook one you know what you have. That means you are in for a world of hurt. 90 degrees, smaller tackle and a long way up is not fun.

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