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Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorous maculatus

 

Description: color of back 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

 

Similar Fish: cero, S. regalis; king mackerel, S. cavalla

 

Where found: INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, especially over grass beds and reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter

 

Size: average catch less than 2 lbs (20 inches)

 

*Florida Record: 12 lbs.

 

Remarks: schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70°F; spawns OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid

 

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.

 

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