Description: Spanish Mackerel are iridescent blue-green along the back with silver sides and irregular golden yellow spots along the length, increasing in number closer to the tail fin. front of dorsal fin. They have two closely spaced dorsal fins; the front of dorsal fin is black with 17-19 spines curving gently to base of tail.
Aliases: Spanish Macs
Habitat: Found INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE over grass beds, reefs, rocks and wrecks
Tackle Used: Conventional light to medium tackle
Fight: A strong fighting fish
Vital Stats: Commonly found from 2-8 lbs.
State Record: 12 lb caught near Ft. Pierce
Limits: 15 per harvester per day with a 12” fork minimum
Flavor: Can be very good if properly prepared. The grayish filets and medium to strong taste of Spanish Mackerel is most often maximized by smoking, grilling, broiling or using it as an ingredient in fish spread.