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AMBERJACK season to close

Add greater amberjack to the list of offshore species off limits to recreational anglers. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced this week that the season will shut down on Aug. 25 and remained closed until Jan. 1, 2015.

According to the Gulf Council, sport fishermen will reach their 888,839-pound catch limit by Aug. 24. The Gulf's amberjack stocks are split between the recreational and commercial sectors, with roughly two-thirds of the quota going to sport fishermen.

Once the catch of choice for local charter captains and recreational anglers during summer, amberjack was off limits during June and July this year in order to give them a chance to rebuild. The season reopened Aug. 1.

Technically considered a "reef fish," amberjack are generally in deep water (at least 20 miles offshore) over wrecks and freshwater springs. Of the more than 140 members of the jack family, about a dozen species, including jack crevalle, pompano and permit, are familiar to Florida fishermen.

These fish are commonly 40 pounds. The state record is 142 pounds, set off Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

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8/18 12:256:35 12:45 7:00

8/19 1:15 7:25 1:35 7:50

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8/21 2:45 8:50 3:00 9:15

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Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Amberjack season to close 08/14/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:57pm]
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