Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: large pelagic species with a torpedo-shaped body that is nearly circular in cross-section. Coloration is dark blue-black on the back, and white on the lower sides and belly. Colorless transverse lines, alternating with rows of colorless spots on the lower sides, are present on live fish. The first dorsal fin is yellow or bluish; the second reddish-brown; the anal fin and finlets dusky yellow and edged with black; the median caudal keel is black in adults.
Size: Small schooling fish all the way to 500 pound giants
Age at Maturity: Around 4-5 years
Range: Entire Atlantic Coast from Newfoundland to South Florida and Bermuda
Habitat: Deep sea to closer to shore in Northern US and Canada
Bait and Tackle: Large, swimming baits such as Mullet or Mackerel, or offshore trawling lures. Cut bait can also be used in combination with feathers. The sporting tackle with 80-130 pound test works best.
Fishing Method: Trolling by sight if possible
Food Value: Very good cooked or as sushi
Daily Limit: Federal Regulations Apply
Minimum size: Federal Regulations Apply
Season: All Year