Amber Jack and Trigger Fish Edibility

Jim Galat

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Hi All - I am fishing next week out of Cabo and wondering if these fish are worth keeping to vac pac and take back to the states. Seems like they have been catching a lot of these as of late. Thanks in advance on the advice - Jim
 
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gingervco1

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Amberjack is the bomb and definitely worth bringing some back. Similar flavor to yellowtail with a little more rockfish of a texture.
Use fresh Triggerifsh for ceviche and tacos. Not worth bringing back. IMO

Remember... no ice in your cooler, they will make you dump it. It's best to bring back frozen filets.

Good luck.
 
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bparker1225

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There have been some yellowtail also. If you catch amberjack? Taste it before you bother bringing it home. Some people like it. Others not so much.
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Well, IMO Amberjack is not the best to eat, the locals dry it out and make machaca with it if they keep it. Between the two I prefer the triggers, very similar to sheephead, most fish tacos along Baja hwy used to be triggerfish filet.
There have been some decent Pargo catches which are excellent fare along with sierra that are great for ceviche, ask your guide about those as well.
 
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Trigger is good fresh,try amberjack and see if you like it. Any grouper, cabrillo Pargo and that kind of fish is really good, well worth it but it seems to disappear once it leaves your possession. Mostly though it’s kind of an axtra hassle bringing back fish so get enough to make it worthwhile. A lot to be said for just keeping a few fish and eating it while you’re there
 
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i've had an AWESOME trigger fish "sausage meat" (ground crumbs of meat mixed with seasonings, wish i had the recipe!) that was killer on pizza. i personally like it for tacos. lotta work with the tough skin and weird shape...

and what swami says: go big or leave it there.
 
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eric perez

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Trigger is good raw... acid cooked... ceviche etc...
Amberjack... not a fan for sure... real dark meat if I remember right? but I wont eat your average bluefin cooked either. Tastes like youre eating bloodline... no thanks...
 
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Well, IMO Amberjack is not the best to eat, the locals dry it out and make machaca with it if they keep it. Between the two I prefer the triggers, very similar to sheephead, most fish tacos along Baja hwy used to be triggerfish filet.
There have been some decent Pargo catches which are excellent fare along with sierra that are great for ceviche, ask your guide about those as well.
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    Amberjack is halfway between yellowtail and albacore.
    Great eating fish and freezes well.
    Bring home as much as you can...
     
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    Jim Galat

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    Thanks all for the advice, being from the Midwest I don't get a lot of exposure to ocean fish. I am hoping to catch some yellowtail, those were amazing last time. I have two days booked with Jaime next week per this site reco, hoping to catch a few. Have a soft sided cooler to transport, last time Griselda's did a great job packaging and filled it up with yellowtail, grouper, calico's, and rockfish. Hopefully can do the same this trip!
     
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    yakdout

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    I’ve eaten triggerfish, never amberjack. Just becareful eating either raw. They can both carry ciguatera.
     
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    snaphappy

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    I won’t eat fresh AJ. It’s too strong of a flavor for me and then all the worms...but I know some who like it. Frozen AJ?? You’re better off eating cat food. Trust me on this. You do not want to waste your time and money bringing Amberjack back to the states.
     
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    sixty

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    There are no cases of ciguatera in the Mexican Pacific so no need to worry.

    I ate quite alot of AJ in Hawaii cooked and as sashimi. Both ways were awesome it was very similar to yellowtail but a bit more white. We only ate small ones like 5-10lbs because there were no worms. Bigger ones you had to cut works out ofvthe fillets but still tasted good.

    Jaime will get you on all kinds of fish, he's a machine! Have fun and be sure to post a report.
     
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    pwstriper

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    I won’t eat fresh AJ. It’s too strong of a flavor for me and then all the worms...but I know some who like it. Frozen AJ?? You’re better off eating cat food. Trust me on this. You do not want to waste your time and money bringing Amberjack back to the states.
    We are talking about Almaco, different than what you have in FL
     
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    freedomjig

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    Trigger fish are one of my favorites. If you catch some, definitely bring some back. I've seen them on menus at higher end restaurants for over $30 a la carte before, which blew my mind. IMO..... they have a similar flavor to fish in the snapper family. Good luck!
     
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    DH10

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    There are no cases of ciguatera in the Mexican Pacific so no need to worry.

    I ate quite alot of AJ in Hawaii cooked and as sashimi. Both ways were awesome it was very similar to yellowtail but a bit more white. We only ate small ones like 5-10lbs because there were no worms. Bigger ones you had to cut works out ofvthe fillets but still tasted good.

    Jaime will get you on all kinds of fish, he's a machine! Have fun and be sure to post a report.

    Pacific Amberjack do not have the worms like the ones you catch in the Atlantic. They are good eating....not as good as yellowtail however. As mentioned, triggerfish are great for ceviche or tacos fresh. They don't freeze well however....
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    Northeastfshman

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    Atlantic Amberjack is awful... pacific is one of my favorite fish. I greatly prefer it to Yellowtail. It has firm almost pinkish meat that is great as both Sashimi and cooked. It almost like a cross between YT and snapper. Good stuff.
     
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