Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorous maculatus

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Its back is 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.

Size: Usually 2-3 pounds

Age at Maturity: By the second year

Range: Florida to the Chesapeake Bay but may roam as far north as Cape Cod during the summer.

Habitat: Mainly stays along the coast but can be found in bays and rivers or offshore.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Spinning, baitcasting, or fly outfits all work well with spinning working the best because of the fast retrieval ability. The best lures include small white nylon jigs and silver spoons. Flies should be small and flashy. Natural baits include small silvery baitfish, live shrimp and drifted strips.

Fishing Method: Trolling, still fishing, drifting

Food Value: Rich, dark fillets. Good broiled, skinned and fried, or smoked

State Regulation

Daily Limit: 15

Minimum size: 12″ FL

Federal Regulation

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