Spanish Mackerel

Monday July 16, 2018

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel Gamefish

Spanish Mackerel are probably the brightest colored of the mackeral having a green back, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow irregular spots above and below lateral line. The front of dorsal fin is black and the lateral line curves gently to base of tail. Alot of people confuse spanish and juvenile kingfish and the positive way to identify a spanish is by their lateral line which does not dip strongly like the king mackerel.

Spanish Macs are found INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, especially over grass beds and reefs and are absent from north Florida waters in winter. We catch many of our spanish mackerel off the beaches in the fall and early winter and once again in the spring.


Spanish mackerel are schooling fish that migrates northward in spring and return to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F. Spanish mackerel spawn OFFSHORE, spring through summer and feed on small fish and squid.

Diamond jigs and a thin wire leader work great for catching these gamefish that have keen eyesight and loads plenty of speed. Don't use more than 10 pound test or you'll be dissapointed in the amount of hookups and the fight.


12" minimum to fork in tail, 15 per angler per day.

State Record

12 lbs.

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We're not sure where the spanish mackerel got it's name, but they are one of the tastiest of all the mackerels with a fine delicate white meat that can be eaten raw or cooked in lemon juice (without heat) in a onion and peppre salad. Spanish mackeral are fun to catch on light tackle or fly and can be easily targeted when they make their showing on the beaches or near Sebastian Inlet. Don't let the size fool you, the fight of a spanish mackerel is fighsty and zippy.

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