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Updated: 08/08/2014 08:17:19PM

Ready for a donkey ride?

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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No, not a donkey show — a donkey ride. Specifically, a reef donkey. What’s a reef donkey? It’s an amberjack. Why is it called a reef donkey? Because once you get a hook into one, it pulls like the world’s most stubborn mule. Why is that fun? Well, if you’re asking that, maybe you’re not really a fisherman.

Amberjack are the largest of the jack clan in our local waters. Pretty much every fish in this family is known for pulling hard, and as the biggest of the group, amberjack are at the top of the “pulls really hard” pile. Most fishermen are a little awestruck by their first AJ encounter. Imagine if a weightlifter’s thigh muscle were wrapped in fish skin and you were trying to pull it out of the water. It’s kind of like that.

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