Mackerel, Spanish


Scientific Name:
Scomberomorous maculatus

The Atlantic Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus, is a migratory species of mackerel that swims to the northern Gulf of Mexico in spring, returns to south Florida in the eastern gulf, and to Mexico in the western gulf in the fall.

The fish exhibits a green back; its sides are silvery marked with about three rows of round to elliptical yellow spots. Lateral line gradually curving down from the upper end of the gill cover toward caudal peduncle. The first (spiny) dorsal fin is black at the front. Posterior membranes are white with a black edge. Its single row of cutting edged teeth in each jaw (around sixty-four teeth in all) are large, uniform, closely spaced and flattened from side to side. As with the King mackerel and the Cero mackerel, these teeth look very similar to those of the Bluefish, Pomatomus Saltatrix

Spanish mackerel occur seasonally from the Yucatán peninsula, Mexico, as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They are a shallow water species, preferring sand bottom in 10 to 40 foot (6 to 12 m) depths, occasionally found as deep as 80 feet (24 m).

They have also been caught in the Sea of Cortez near Punta Pescadores.

Migration patterns
It appears that one Atlantic and one or more Gulf groups of Spanish mackerel occur in Florida waters. With rising water temperatures, the Atlantic group migrates along the Atlantic coast of the United States from Miami Florida, beginning in late February through July reaching as far as southern Cape Cod, Massachusetts, then returning in fall. An Eastern Gulf group moves northward from the Florida Keys during late winter and spring, appearing off the central West Coast of Florida about April 1. Movement continues westward and terminates along the northern Texas coast. During fall, this group migrates back to its wintering grounds in the Keys.

Fishing Spots


Absecon Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Absecon, NJ
United States United States
18 19 4 5 2

Absecon Channel Channel (Saltwater)

Atlantic City, NJ
United States United States
17 6 4 4

Alley Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Jonesport, ME
United States United States
8 4

Alligator Harbor Harbor (Saltwater)

Panacea, FL
United States United States
4 16 3 8

Amica Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Orange Beach, AL
United States United States
10 1 2

Aransas Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Port Aransas, TX
United States United States
18 24 1 24 10

Aripeka Flats Flats

Aripeka, FL
United States United States
2 20 2 6

Arthur Kill Cannel Channel (Saltwater)

Carteret, NJ
United States United States
13 3 4

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Hatteras, NC
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Ocean

Stuart, FL
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Boynton Beach, FL
United States United States
34 65 9 6

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Puerto Morelos, QROO
Mexico Mexico
239 40 2 4

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Beach Haven, NJ
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Charleston, SC
United States United States
9 60 7 10

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Ocean Isle Beach, NC
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
United States United States
67 28 9 10

Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Portsmouth, NH
United States United States
12 18 11 6

Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Miami, FL
United States United States

Atlantic Ocean (MD) Atlantic Ocean

Ocean City, MD
United States United States
14 56 1 11 8

Atlantic Ocean (NJ) Atlantic Ocean

Lavallette, NJ
United States United States

Back Bay of Biloxi Bay (Saltwater)

Biloxi, MS
United States United States

Bacon Channel Channel (Freshwater)

Suwannee, FL
United States United States
20 2

Baker Cove Cove (Saltwater)

Perryville, MD
United States United States
12 1 4

Ballina Wharf Sea

Ballina , NSW
Australia Australia
1 10 2

Bannister Creek Creek (Saltwater)

Hewlett, NY
United States United States
15 2 4

Bay Head Harbor Harbor (Saltwater)

Bay Head, NJ
United States United States
45 10 5 6

Bayou la Loutre Bay (Saltwater)

Hopedale, LA
United States United States
2 5 2 4

Bay Pomme D'or Bay (Saltwater)

Buras, LA
United States United States
7 2

Beaufort Inlet Inlet (Saltwater)

Beaufort, NC
United States United States
14 30 1 5 4

Bimini Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Bradenton, FL
United States United States
41 14 11 8



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