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Old 02-12-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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I'll be heading down to Orange beach the last week in March. I'm interested in catching some legal sized AJ's. My question is how deep do I need to be in order to target this size and do they hold pretty well on the reefs and tanks? I'm sure the reefs and tanks closest to the beach get hit the hardest so is it a safe assumption that the reefs and tanks furthest out will be the most productive?
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #2
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surprisingly close. given there's not much fishing pressure this time of year.
probably the Liberty ship, and there are 3-4 barges within about 10-15 miles.
us some live bait if you can get it.
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Don't forget about the new size length.
Someone told me it went up to 34 at the fork. Not sure about that for sure. But you should check to be sure.
You will have to go a minimum of 9 miles out of orange beach to find amberjacks of any size period. It will be 85-90 feet at the Allen reef


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Ruby red is what will be easiest bait to catch
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Don't forget about the new size length.
Someone told me it went up to 34 at the fork. Not sure about that for sure. But you should check to be sure.
You will have to go a minimum of 9 miles out of orange beach to find amberjacks of any size period. It will be 85-90 feet at the Allen reef


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30" fork length

Yea, I'd start looking about 80'-90' depth and out, like at the Allen, Rome, LULU, etc
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30" fork length
It must have been a joke on the forum that I fell for. I have told several buddies about the new size limit yet I could not find anything about it on the net.
Jokes on me I think.


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It must have been a joke on the forum that I fell for. I have told several buddies about the new size limit yet I could not find anything about it on the net.
Jokes on me I think.


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Me too... Unless my GOM reg app didn't get the memo I looked on the web too after I saw that post.
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I'm surprised, I was thinking that I would have to go at least 15 - 20 miles out to get into the decent AJ's. That's good news to me since i've got a 22ft bay boat. I heard that AJ's prefer hardtails over other bait and I have also heard that it doesn't really matter what you throw at them they will probably bite?

I have gone high speed vertical jigging for them in NC but have never done it down here. I'm pretty excited. I'm just hoping that the weather cooperates for the few days i will be down.

I noticed that the most widely used rig is the 6 oz or so egg sinker with a long leader with a lively bait on the end. Do you let it sit on the bottom or do you real it up off of the bottom and drift?

Thanks for the input guys, i really appreciate the help.
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Amberjacks are going to 34".
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