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    Default Yellowtail vs. Greater Amberjack

    Been reading a bunch lately on shooting yellowtail (thanks to Hawaii Skin Diver Mag) Question for you guys who have shot both fish.

    Which one will put more of a hurting on you and your gear in a pound for pound match up? I've only had the luxury of shooting AJs and I've heard through the rumor mill that these yellowtails are like a big ol rainbow river trout that has blown his last wad; not whole lot to them compared to the full on "jumped-in" ass kicking that an AJ will hand out if not stoned or mortally wounded.

    What's the story?

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    From what I've read of AJs, it seems like they fight harder than a YT when poorly shot. On the other side of the coin though, from what I've read and seen in videos, it seems like it's easier to get way close to an AJ and just stone it than it is a YT.
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    I've never shot an AJ, so I can't give you a comparison. I'm also no expert on shooting yellowtails. The yellowtail I shot (~15-20 lbs.) was very powerful for its size, compared to our inshore reef fish. I shot it in ~60-70' of open water, and it took off in a straight line and then sounded to the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnguy View Post
    From what I've read of AJs, it seems like they fight harder than a YT when poorly shot. On the other side of the coin though, from what I've read and seen in videos, it seems like it's easier to get way close to an AJ and just stone it than it is a YT.
    I would agree with the latter according to what I've read and heard regarding YTs. Great point.

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    They are both extremely hard fighting fish however I would have to give it to amberjack for overall strength. In baja they call AJ's Pez Fuerte (strong fish).
    The one thing about yellowtail is that they have nowhere near the curiosity of amerjack; They'll come in, check you out and then leave while AJ's tend to almost always give you that big dumb "Hey, please stone me from 5' away" look.

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    The AJ is the iconic break in the new-be fish. There Big, easy to shoot, tough to haul in, and tough to sub-due. That fish will teach a green horn a thing or two. I took a good buddy out for the first time, he was excited to hit the water. First shot he took with a spear gun, lined up on a nice Reef Donkey and shot him in the saddle, Yee Haw. I had to unwrap the shooting line from around my friend after I put the kill shot on the AJ, memories
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