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spanish-mackerel

Atl. Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorus maculatus

Territory: Inshore, near shore and offshore, especially over 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.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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