Spanish Mackerel Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color of back green, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow
irregular spots above and below lateral line; front of dorsal fin
black; lateral line curves gently to base of tail.
Similar fish: cero, S. regalis; king mackerel,
Where found: INSHORE, NEARSHORE, and
OFFSHORE, especially over deep grass beds and
reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter.
Size: average catch less than 2 pounds (20 inches).
Remarks: schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to
southerly waters when water temperatures drop below about 70 degrees F; spawns
OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid.