Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4122 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
KING MACKEREL - Scomberomorus cavalla
Family Scombridae, MACKERELS AND TUNAS
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,
Where found: NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE; occasionally taken from piers running into deep water.
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 mid summer OFFSHORE; feeds on small fish and squid.
Florida record: 90 lbs.