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Family Scombridae, MACKERELS and TUNAS
Scomberomorous maculatus

 

Description: color of back green, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow irregular spots above and below lateral line; front of dorsal fin black; lateral line curves gently to base of tail.

 

Similar Fish: cero, S. regalis; king mackerel, S. cavalla.

 

Where found: INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, especially over grass beds and reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter.

 

Size: average catch less than 2 pounds (20 inches).

Florida Record: 12 lbs.

 

Remarks: schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F; spawns OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid.

 

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