Long, slender fish, slightly compressed; dark greenish or
steel-blue above, paler below, numerous dark vertical bars
extending below axis on sides. Pointed head, with snout half
the length of the head; posterior part of maxilla hidden under
preorbital area; strong, knifelike teeth. Dorsal fins not
fish: King mackerel, Scomberomorus
cavalla; Cero mackerel, S.
regalis. Both lack bars on sides and have shorter snouts.
found: Near the surface offshore, in open waters and near
reefs. Found in Atlantic waters from New York to N. South
America, including Caribbean (where commonly referred to as
Kingfish) and Gulf of Mexico. Also found in Pacific from California
to tropical South America.
Common in the 20 to 30 pound range, can reach over 100
A very fast swimmer, feeds on squids and small fishes.
It is respected by anglers for its speed and hard fighting
abilities. Also makes excellent tablefare.