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

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

Old 09-02-2020, 07:07 AM
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I always love watching people fight their first AJ... Especially if it's over 20lbs. I love catching them to a point, but the big ones wreck me for the day. Anyone who says they're not good fighters probably hasn't caught one. This one was caught on a Penn Battle II 8000 with 40lb line. Long fight, was very tired... They said smile for photo and hold up your fish... best I could do was a grimacing ... I'd have sworn when I picked up that fish that it weighed a solid 700lbs my arms and back
we're so dead. I'm 6'0" 220 for reference in photo

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Old 09-02-2020, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
Catch a 50 AJ in 250 feet of water and you will damn glad that that fight didn't last 30 minutes.
I caught a 25lber in 300 last weekend, it is no joke.

Originally Posted by Stim View Post
Never caught one that wasn't full of worms!
I won't keep them.
30lbs or less is usually worm free for me and absolutely tasty.
Old 09-02-2020, 01:36 PM
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15 miles offshore NC in the summer they'll hang on wrecks in 65' -- pitch in some live bait and they'll come right to the boat

Old 09-02-2020, 04:40 PM
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The ambejracks have a big tail, that's their motor.
You usually hook them very close to the bottom, not mid water, like a tuna, so its a deeper longer fight.
The drag has to be set tight or they will break you off on a short run, tuna tire themselves on the first long run going to the bottom.
Tuna are live baited, chunked or trolled on top most of the time. A trolled fish fights the boat first, not you,
Usually the rods you use for Ambers are jigging setups, and not 50 wides with the Harness's used on tuna.
They are usually larger than the other jacks so they are more memorable.
They like really warm water and a warm muscle has more power than a col one.

But if you hook a 100 lb yellowfin on your light jigging rod or popper rod, he'll hold his own too.

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