Fishing For Spanish Mackerel

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Spanish mackerel are a great food fish and although they are considered big at 10 lb. (4.53 kg) some record specimens will grow to more that twice that size.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A SPANISH MACKEREL

The Spanish mackerel can be differentiated from both the cero mackerel, fishing-for-spanish-mackerelScomberomorus regalis, and the king mackerel, S. cavalla, by the presence of bronze or yellow spots but no stripes, on the sides and by lack of scales on the pectoral fins. The cero, the Spanish mackerels closest look-alike in the Atlantic, has both spots and stripes of bronze and yellow on the sides, and the king mackerel has neither spots nor stripes. Both the cero and the king mackerel have scales on the pectoral fins.The anterior part of the first dorsal fin in the Spanish mackerel is black (not true of the king mackerel), and the 2nd dorsal fin and pectoral fins might be black tipped. The body is basically silvery and normally mackerel-like. The back is bluish.
WHERE TO CAPTURE SPANISH MACKEREL
Occurs in the western Atlantic north to the Chesapeake Bay and periodically to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and south to Yucatan, Mexico.

The following list includes extra details on where to capture this fish:

  • BAITFISH PATCHES
  • BIRDS
  • COASTAL WATERS
  • DRIFTING FOAM AND DEBRIS
  • MAN-MADE STRUCTURES
  • REEFS, WRECKS, AND SHOALS
  • SHORE POINTS
  • BAYS AND ESTUARIES
  • CHANNEL ENTRANCES
  • DEEP SHORE WATER
  • JETTIES AND BREAKWATERS
  • COMBINING WATER
  • RIP TIDES
  • BROWSE AND SHORE

HOW TO CATCH SPANISH MACKEREL

This is an exceptional game fish that can be taken on a wide array of lures and baits. Nylon jigs are thought about on of the best lures, specifically when retrieved rapidly with an occasional jerk of the rod tip to impact a darting movement to the jig. Plume lures and spoons are likewise successful, while minnows and live shrimp are the best natural baits. Sometimes nearly any lure or bait will work, while at other times, absolutely nothing will.

The following are fishing approaches used to catch this fish:

  • BOTTOM BOUNCING
  • DRIFT FISHING
  • SALTWATER JIGGING
  • STILL FISHING
  • CHUMMING
  • FLY FISHING
  • SALTWATER TROLLING
  • BROWSE CASTING

SPANISH MACKEREL LURES, TACKLE & BAIT

The following are lures, deal with or bait that can be used to capture this fish:

  • CUT BAIT
  • JIGS
  • SALTWATER LIVE BAIT
  • SPOONS
  • TROLLING LURES
  • FLIES
  • PLUGS
  • SHRIMP
  • SQUID

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