Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Lining up amberjack

Calm seas last weekend allowed visibility in the gulf to improve dramatically. After months of murky, turbid water, divers finally could fish below the surface. Amberjack are a primary target and many wrecks have had good quantities. The more well-known the spot, the smaller the average size amberjack has been. Many spots have been picked over. Lately we have found the biggest fish on very small wrecks. The benefit of being underwater is that you can be selective before deciding which fish to take for your bag limit. There are many tricks to getting close to amberjack. One of my favorite is to "call them in" by rapidly opening and closing the free hand (the one not holding the speargun). Many times the largest jack on a wreck can be drawn into range from the distant perimeter. The key is to not chase them, but to be still and hover at mid-depth, while bumping your fingertips together above your head. I also use a left-handed dive glove that is spray painted with silver metallic paint on the inside. Once the big fish is drawn in you can line up your best shot.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at (727) 944-3474.

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