King Mackerel Description: Kingfish are colored iridescent bluish green on their backs with silvery sides a streamlined body and tapered heads. There is no black color on front of dorsal fins and lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin. Young kingfish often have yellow spots like those of the Spanish mackerel.
East Central Florida host some of the best King Mackerel fishing in the United States. Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself in our kingfish charter fishing tactics with live bait in the summer and fall months. One of the most enjoyable angling opportunities in Florida, the king mackerel has a prestigious and renowned tournament circuit targeting this species. The SKF or Southern Kingfish Association holds at least one tournament in the Canaveral area because of the consistency of the fishery.
Where King Mackerel Are Found: Kings are found NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE and occasionally taken from piers running into deeper water. During the summer months off Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach you can often find large (smoker) kingfish within a mile of the beach and just beyond the breakers. Most of the time kingfish can be caught along the ridges and wrecks offshore of Florida's East Coast.
Florida Record King Mackerel: 90 lbs.
Remarks: Kings are schooling fish that migrate fom south Florida waters in winter to more northerly waters in spring. Gulf population thought to be separate from Atlantic population, with considerable mixing in winter from Cape Canaveral past Key West. Kingfish spawns in midsummer OFFSHORE and feeds on small fish and squid.
Take a look at Captain Gina's Catch and movie she made of one of her kingfish trips.
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Florida King Mackerel Regulations: 24" to fork in tail minimum size limit, limit of two per angler per day.
The largest member of the mackerel family is the infamous "King Mackerel". Often called kingfish or just kings, these are one of the fastest line spooling fish in the ocean for it's size. While it's not a hard fighting fish like a tuna, a king mackeral will spool off 300 yards of line faster than you can get the rod out of the holder, thus the name smoker kingfish for those sizable kings that dump spools and leave you holding an empty reel and a smoking thumb that tried to put the brakes on. King Mackerel is the most consistant offshore gamefish off of Port Canaveral and our guides are experts at putting their anglers on smoker kingfish.
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