Chub (Northern) Mackerel (Scomber japonicas)
AKA: Chub Mackerel – Northern Mackerel
Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of pelagic fish. Over thirty different species, principally belonging to the family Scombridae, are commonly referred to as mackerel. The term “mackerel” means “marked” or “spotted.” They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment.
Mackerels are beautifully streamlined, fast-swimming fish with silver under belly and metallic green and blue upperparts with irregular bands along the back. Unlike the southern Spanish mackerels, the Northern or Atlantic or Horse mackerels are round in shape and very fast swimmers.
Northern (Chub) Mackerel is harvested in the northern Gulf of Mexico by Raffield Fisheries. These are the smallest of the mackerel that we offer.
USES: The Northern mackerels (Chub or Atlantic species) are approximately 75 to 90 gm, or 4 or 5 to the pound. Generally used for all bottom fish, snapper and amberjacks, similar to a sardine or cigar minnow.