Fish Species

King Mackerel

King Mackerel

Appearance:

■Color ranges from black iridescent to bluish green with silvery sides
■The body is streamlined with a tapered head
■No black pigment present on the front of the first dorsal fin
■The lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin
■Young fish often have yellowish spots, similar to the Spanish mackerel

Habitat:

King mackerel are found both nearshore and offshore, often around piers. They may occasionally be found in deep water.

Behavior:

Kings are schooling fish that migrate from south Florida waters in winter northward in spring. They spawn offshore in mid-summer.

State Record:
90 lb, caught near Key West

Fishing Tips and Facts:
Kings feed on small fish and squid and take both natural and artificial baits. Live baits include pogies, herring, Spanish sardine, ballyhoo, and mullet. Lures should be flashy sub-surface lures or large fish-like plugs. Use 20-pound line and tackle, or heavier for larger kings, with a wire or mono leader.

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