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Saltwater Fish Identification

Spanish Mackerel
Scomberomorus maculatus

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Spanish Mackerel are greenish with silver sides and belly. Yellow or olive oval spots traverse the body, which is covered with very tiny scales.

Similar Fish:

Cero, King Mackerel

Feeding Habits:

Spanish Mackeral feed on herring, menhaden, mullet, anchovies, shrimps, and squids. Feeding Spanish Mackerel are often seen forcing schools of small fish into tight bundles, nearly pushing them out of the water.


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


The Spanish Mackerel are largely coastal, but the do roams offshore at times. They prefer open water but can be found over grass flats and reefs.

Typical Size:

Spanish Mackerel are common at 1 to 3 pounds, but not too unusual at 5 to 7 pounds. They can reach a weight of over 10 pounds and may attain a length of over 20 inches.

World Record:

13 pounds, 0 ounces (IGFA)


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