King Mackerel

King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla)

King Mackerel

Description: Color of back iridescent bluish green, sides silvery; streamlined body with tapered head; no black pigment on front of the first dorsal fin; lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin; young fish often have yellowish spots like those of spanish mackerel.

Similar fish: Cero, S. regalis; Spanish mackerel, S. maculatus

Where found: Nearshore and Offshore, occasionally taken from piers running into deep water. Also taken off reefs and ledges.

Size: Common to 20 pounds.

Remarks: Schooling fish that migrates from south Florida waters in winter to more northerly waters in spring; Gulf population thought to be separate from Atlantic population; with considerable mixing in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West; spawns in midsummer Offshore; feeds on small fish and squid. [back to top]

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