Cero Mackerel Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color of back iridescent bluish green; sides
silvery; yellow spots forming lines above and below a
bronze stripe from pectoral fin to base of the tail;
front of first dorsal is bluish black; lateral line
curves gradually to base of caudal fin.
Similar fish: Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus; king
mackerel, S. cavalla.
Where found: NEARSHORE and OFFHSORE fish
occurring mainly in south Florida, especially over coral reefs
Size: common to 5 pounds.
Remarks: unlike other mackerels, does not stray far from south Florida waters; spawns OFFSHSORE in mid
summer; feeds on small fish and squid.