Spanish mackerel

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Spanish mackerel

Scientific name

Scomberorus commerson.

Where they live

Spanish mackerel are found to inhabit the edges of continental shelf to shallow coastal waters, often of low salinity and high turbidity. 

They are also found in drop-offs, and shallow or gently sloping reef and lagoon waters. 

Spanish mackeral are known to undertake lengthy long-shore migrations, but permanent resident populations also seem to exist. 

They feed primarily on small fishes like anchovies, clupeids, carangids and squid.

Size and age

Can grow to 240cm and weigh up to 70kg.

Fishing tips

Trawling lures or bait.

Last updated: 14 November 2017