Spanish Mackerel  


Green in color along the back and silver on the sides, with golden-olive spots. Has a pronounced black spot on the front of the dorsal fin.


Prefer shallow waters (no more than 80 feet) with sand bottoms. Found in coastal nearshore waters like estuaries and bays.

State Record

10.56 pounds, Mike LeBlanc, 1972

Fishing Tips

For live bait, use minnows or shrimp. Trolling or drifting are the preferred methods, so long as it’s a fast retrieve as these are quick-striking fish. Spoons work best among artificial lures.