Reef Donkeys, aka Greater Amberjack, season opened over the weekend in both federal and state waters along the Gulf Coast. The pre-front weather was perfect, and the seas were at less than a foot. It was time to break out the bent butts and jigging rods to drop the hammer on some cold-blooded monsters.
The Greater Amberjack is an apex predator located throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Reef Donkeys are a pelagic that orientate to structure and are commonly located around wrecks, reefs, and offshore drilling platforms. Furthermore, breeding size adults are typically found in 50 – 300 feet of water, and their spawning period peeks through the month of May.
Reef Donkey Doozie
Big live baits and 12 ounce diamond jigs were in abundance as our boat left the dock. It was quickly pointed South to find some clean water. So we headed roughly 70 miles southeast of the island to the fertile fishing grounds around Venice, Louisiana. I found what we were looking for and quickly began to regret it. Reef Donkeys will quickly humble the saltiest of anglers and weekend warriors. As a result, the entire crew was thankful for a one fish per person daily limit. Best part of all, there was no need for the “Long Day of Rippin’ Lips” look even in the midst of a pandemic, for which I was more than grateful.
Leave your light tackle and quarantine masks at home and ice down some adult beverages. It’s time to fuel up the boat and get your ass out on the water. That is if you’re man enough to handle the challenge ahead. Shit is about to get a little bumpy.