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By STEVE PAPEN
Published December 12, 2007
What's hot: Amberjack fishing in 100-150 feet has been consistent. These bruisers are ranging in size from 15 to 30 pounds in the shallower depths and 40-60 pounds on the deeper wrecks and springs. Bring large baits such as pinfish or blue runners. Anchor over the structure you plan to fish, rather than drift. If you are on a drift and hook up, the school may follow the hooked fish and you will pull all of them off the spot, making them harder to catch.
Tactics: Live chumming will ensure a great bite. Throwing cast nets in the shadow line of most bridges at night will usually result in a livewell full of scaled sardines or threadfin herring.
At your amberjack spot, start by tossing a few dozen of these chummers over the side. If the jacks are there you will know very quickly as these fish will rise in the water column and swarm around the boat.
Tackle: Most prefer the use of large conventional reels such as a 4/0 or a 6/0 loaded with at least 80-pound mono.