Spanish Mackerel


Spanish mackerel

Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus)


  1. Size: Spanish mackerel typically grow to lengths of around 12 to 18 inches, with larger individuals reaching up to 24 inches or more.
  2. Habitat: Spanish mackerel prefer warmer waters and are commonly found in nearshore coastal areas such as beaches, bays, and deep grass flats. They are often found near the surface, where they feed on schools of smaller fish.
  3. Bait: Spanish mackerel respond well to chum and cannot resist a live pilchard, although squid and shrimp can also work in a pinch. Spoons, plugs, and jigs retrieved quickly or trolled can also entice a bite. 
  4. Tackle: Medium-light spinning gear with wire leaders are recommended when fishing for Spanish mackerel. Like their kingfish relatives, they are fast, strong, and have a mouth full of sharp teeth. 
  5. Food Value: Their mild yet slightly oily meat makes them a favorite for many seafood dishes, but smoking is the most common preparation.