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Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus

Dark above with silvery sides. Many spots, which are both yellow and brown. The body is proportionately deeper than with juvenile King Mackerel, and the yellow spots appear rounder and brighter, but if in doubt, the only true identifier is the lateral line, which tapers rather gently from front to back with no severe dip.


Common at 1-3 pounds; not too unusual at 5-7 pounds; maximum potential over 10 pounds. World record 13 pounds; Florida record 12 pounds.


If you like rich, rather dark fillets, they are great broiled or skinned and fried. Good smoked, too.


Outstanding on light tackle; very fast runs.


Spinning, baitcasting and fly out- fits. Spinning is often best because the faster retrieve of a spinning reel is sometimes needed to move a lure at a pace that will interest the Mackerel. Best lures are small white nylon jigs and silver spoons, but many oth- ers work, including topwater at times. Flies should be small with lots of flash. Best baits are small silvery baitfish, live shrimp and drifted strips.


Drifting;Trolling; Still Fishing.





All Florida coasts, Cuba and Hispaniola; not present in most Caribbean Islands or the Bahamas.


Largely coastal, but roams offshore at times.

Summerland Mackerel

Forum member islandhopper shares a nice mackerel caught off Summerland reef

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Florida Sportsman Forum Member brangler caught this Spanish Mackeral while trolling the channel by skyway.

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A Keys Spanish Mackeral caught offshore while trolling using live bait.

Spanish Mackeral

Nick Robertson holds this big Spanish mackeral while fishing offshore.

Jack's Mack!

8 year old Jack Paine caught this 20 inch spanish mackerel on a dead pilchard off of key biscayne in 20 feet of water.

Spanish Mackerel

Caught by FS Member Nick of Cedar Key

Spanish Mackerel

FS Member Nick caught this spanish mackerel off of Cedar Key

Spanish Mackerel

The beaches hold spanish mackerel year-round and make for a great way to put a bend in the rod.

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Japie Venter of George, South Africa, and Sam Murphree of Columbus, GA with their limit of spanish mackerel caught in Panama City

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FS Member Rizangler caught this spanish mackerel in the 10000 Islands.

Government Cut Spanish Mackerel

Florida Sportsman member The Cat's Eye caught these spanish mackerel near Government Cut.

Spanish Mackerel

This sizable Spanish mackerel could almost be mistaken for a kingfish.

Spanish Mackerel

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