Cero Mackerel: Scomberomorous regalis


  • Color of back iridescent bluish green
  • Sides silvery with yellow spots forming lines above and below a bronze stripe from pectoral fin to base of tail
  • Front of the first dorsal fin is bluish black
  • Lateral line curves gradually to base of caudal fin


Cero mackerel are nearshore and offshore fish occurring mainly in south Florida.  The are frequently found over coral reefs and wrecks.


Unlike other mackerels, cero mackerels do not stray far from south Florida waters.  They spawn offhshore in midsummer and feed on small fish and squid.

State Record:

17 lb 2 oz, caught near Islamorada

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Similar Fish: Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus; king mackerel, S. cavalla (only the cero has the yellow-brown stripes from the pectoral to caudal fin).

Additional Information:

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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