Similar in appearance to the greater amberjack, almaco jacks have conspicuously long lobes on the second dorsal and anal fins. The body and lower fins are generally dark brown or dark blueish green, and the lower sides and belly are lighter, sometimes having a lavender or brassy tint. The Almoco Jack can reach a maximum length of about 38 inches and maximum wieght of 55 pounds.
The almaco jack is found more often in deeper, oceanic waters of the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, though rarely caught north of the Carolinas. Little is known of its life history, although it is expected that the almaco jack would have reproductive, growth and feeding characteristics similar to the greater amberjack.
South Atlantic Federal Regulations
(For areas three-200 miles off the coasts of NC, SC, GA, and East Florida)
New! Commercial Harvest of Jacks Complex Closed in S. Atlantic, effective July 2, 2012-Jan 1, 2013. Read Fishery Bulletin.
- Must be landed with heads and fins intact.