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Old 04-18-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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I love amberjack fishing simply because it is one of the best fighting fish in the gulf. Whats the biggest one you've ever caught? Stories and pictures would be cool.
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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A few years ago, I invited a couple people onboard, I don't remember who it was. One of the fellas was fishing for Mingo on the Edge, about halfway up a Mingo he had hooked got SLAMMED, by an AJ... Somehow the AJ got hooked and the fight was on... Itslammed him to the gunnel more than once... I'm pretty sure he was using a 325 GTI or close and 40# line or so.

You can see the Penn 4/0 in the background, I guarantee it was caught on a reel about that size.

A half hour later a 72# AJ was in the boat.



My boat has an 8' beam, so that fish was about 5' long...

I'm trying to remember who I was fishing with... it was abig guy from the original fishthebridge forum... ("emiral" or something close, nice guy).... I think MADMAX was there and it was the day we hooked a huge MAKO that put on a GREAT show... it jumped within a few yards of the boat. And if you've ever seen a Mako jump, they SKY out of the water then flip in mid air and go back in head first, body flopping sideways. It was so close I moved from the back of the boat to under the enclosure, just in case.

It broke off after 20 minutes or so. It was a winter a few years ago when the BFT were THICK on the Edge, a few boats reported hooking up to a big jumping Mako that year.

Anyway, that's my boats biggest AJ...

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Old 04-18-2009, 09:23 PM   #3
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Default RE: Your biggest Amberjack

Jim, Nice AJ...I remember a guy by that name...Haven't seen it around in sometime.

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Old 04-18-2009, 10:16 PM   #4
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i caught this one last year. max out my scale 50# and bent the hook on the scale. guess he was a bit over! had me gunneled twice. arms were pretty rubbery when i got him aboard. is my biggest to date but going back for more! i am hooked on the thrill of the pull! and they taste good too!

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Old 04-18-2009, 10:41 PM   #5
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I am still pretty new to this saltwater thing. How close inshore do AJ's come in. Bay? Frighter?
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My biggest and first AJ. Just over 30 lbs. Don't remember exactly how much it weighed. It was the most fun I had fighting a fish.

DWL the smaller onesdo come close to the freighter, but the big ones are usually further out like the Tenneco, edge and such.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:37 AM   #7
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55# on a hardtail @ exxon rig..... tld 20 w/30lb mono- 40 feet down on dowrigger (for kings) a miracle, and some great boat work by my buddy.



largest hookup was 80+ at 989. speed jigging for blackies about 2am. fought harder than any fish ive ever tangled with. needless to say, he won. the ole tekota 600 wasnt up to the challenge:banghead:banghead:banghead
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:47 AM   #8
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Tuna Man (4/18/2009)Jim, Nice AJ...I remember a guy by that name...Haven't seen it around in sometime.

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That's him I'm pretty sure... nice guy. I hope he's doing well.

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Old 04-19-2009, 12:59 AM   #9
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im also pretty new and my biggest is right around 30lbs....i heard a guy hooked a decent aj in the icw near the pass out of his yak, went to gaff it missed and away he swam...this was recently too.



this little guy was really fun...was caught on a captiva 2000 with 10lb powerpro and a white pomp jig...if you saw true kings latest jigging vid you can watch the drag peeling off.

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Old 04-19-2009, 01:22 AM   #10
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93 lbs, 15 oz. Spearfishing July 4th 2008. I am positive this fish could not have been taken by hook and line.
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