April 21, 2013
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.
TACKLE AND BAITS
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.
Forum member islandhopper shares a nice mackerel caught off Summerland reef
Florida Sportsman Forum Member brangler caught this Spanish Mackeral while trolling the channel by skyway.
Keys Spanish Mackeral
A Keys Spanish Mackeral caught offshore while trolling using live bait.
Nick Robertson holds this big Spanish mackeral while fishing offshore.
8 year old Jack Paine caught this 20 inch spanish mackerel on a dead pilchard off of key biscayne in 20 feet of water.
Caught by FS Member Nick of Cedar Key
FS Member Nick caught this spanish mackerel off of Cedar Key
The beaches hold spanish mackerel year-round and make for a great way to put a bend in the rod.
Japie and Sam's Macks
Japie Venter of George, South Africa, and Sam Murphree of Columbus, GA with their limit of spanish mackerel caught in Panama City
10000 Islands Spanish Mackerel
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.
This sizable Spanish mackerel could almost be mistaken for a kingfish.
Mackerel are a top catch for young anglers.