King Mackerel

King Mackerel are known for their streamlined bodies and tapered heads.  Their color ranges from an iridescent black to bluish green with silvery sides. Their young are often seen with yellowish spots similar to the Spanish Mackerel.  King Mackerel are generally found both offshore and nearshore around piers, but may be found in deeper water from time to time.  They are a schooling fish that migrates from south Florida in the winter northward in spring.  They spawn offshore in mid-summer. Kings feed on squid and small fish.

Kings take both natural and artificial baits. Live baits include pogies, herring, Spanish sardine, ballyhoo, and mullet. Lures should be flashy sub-surface lures or large fish-like plugs. Use 20-pound line and tackle, or heavier for larger kings, with a wire or mono leader.

Method of Fishing - From a drifting boat, or trolling

Tackle - Medium spinning rod with suitable real, or a 12 lb class boat rod with 4/0 baitcaster, 12 lb mono line with wire leader and size 2/0 hook.

Bait - Jigs, spinners, and plugs, or try cut or whole baitfish such as mullet and ballyhoo.