Since the yellowtail and amberjack look so similar, a common discussion among the anglers was which species fights better. Of course these West Coast guys believed that the yellowtails pull just slightly harder, even if most of them had never caught an amberjack. I found that the yellows pulled surprisingly hard for their size, especially after the initial strike. But I never once felt like I was going to get spooled. Much like an AJ, they have a stubborn, dogged way of fighting.