Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus)
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 a silver under belly and metallic green and blue upper parts 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.
Spanish mackerel are a schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F. They spawn offshore from spring through summer and feed on small fish and squid.
USES: Spanish mackerel are packed individually in a vacuum bag, meant for trolling for large pelagic fish and billfish.