Spanish Mackerel: Scomberomorous maculatus
- Color of back green, shading to silver on sides
with golden yellow irregular spots found above and below
the lateral line
- Front of dorsal fin is black
- Lateral line curves gently to base of tail
Spanish mackerel are prevalent throughout Florida waters: inshore,
offshore and nearshore. They are frequently found over grass
beds and reefs. These mackerel are absent from north
Florida waters in winter.
Spanish mackerel are a schooling fish that migrates northward in
spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops
below 70 degrees F. They spawns offshore from spring
through summer and feeds on small fish and squid.
12 lb, caught near Ft. Pierce
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Spanish mackerel are similar in appearence to cero, S.
regalis; and king mackerel, S. cavalla.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles