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What's hot: While grouper fishing offshore is closed, try something new.
By STEVE PAPEN
Published February 28, 2007
What's hot: While grouper fishing offshore is closed, try something new. Amberjack can be found on most wrecks and springs offshore between 100 and 180 feet of water. Catching these fish can be difficult, as these small areas are sensitive to fishing pressure. Often we find one or more boats already there fishing, and a slow bite. When this happens I like to try some new baits and techniques.
Tackle: Diamond jigs have long been the go-to lure for amberjack. There are many lures on the market. Shimano's new Butterfly jigs work well, as do the new Braid Marauder jigs, and most of the larger bucktails. These lures are taking a giant step with lifelike design and colors. I have been on trips when live baits are sitting for more than 10 minutes, while these baits are not making it to the bottom.
Tips: Amberjack love to chase their prey, which is why this style of artificial lure works so well. These jigs should be sent to or near the bottom, then retrieved with a quick and erratic pace. Many times these baits will get hit on the way to the bottom, so the use of a conventional reel is preferred, as there is more sensitivity when you are dropping down and your thumb is on the line.