Amberjack fishing is at its peak. Amberjack are holding over shipwrecks and springs from as shallow as 70 feet to 120 feet of water.
Amberjack require structure so shipwrecks, large ledges and springs are areas where you can find them. We use 60- to 80-pound class tackle. I haven't found a blue runner too big for large amberjack up to 80 pounds to take. A good technique is to get your spot early before other boats. Mark the wreck or spring with a jug and weight and anchor your boat upwind so that the transom of your boat is 50 feet from the ship wreck.
Amberjack will strike with great force and try to take your line into the structure to cut it. It is important not to place your boat over the wreck. Live blue runner, large pinfish and spadefish make for great live bait.
If your fish finder indicates suspended fish and they aren't interested in your bait, try using diamond jigs. We normally use leaders up to 4 feet long and No. 6 or 7 ought hooks. Amberjack continue to circle the structure and eventually will pass by your offerings. Once they are hooked, be prepared for the fight of your life.
_ Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters the Enterprise out of Kingfish Wharf, Treasure Island. Call (727) 430-3474.