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~ 93 Lbs Caught at San Juan, Puerto Rico on Apr. 18, 1999 by angler
Steve Perez Graulau
~ Scomberomorus Cavalla
~ Kingfish , Giant Mackerel
~ The king mackerel is a silver fish with indistinct bars or spots on
its side. The dorsal surface is black with iridescent tones of blue and
green. The King Mackerel has a streamlined body that is about five times
the size of its head, and about six times as long as it is deep. The
entire body is covered with rudimentary scales, except for its pectoral
fin. Another distinguishing feature is the sharp drop of the lateral
line after the second dorsal fin.
~ The angler caught King Mackerel is usually 2 to 4 feet in length and
10 to 20 pounds.
The King Mackerel can reach 66 inches in length and up to 100
pounds. Females are larger than males.
It is believed that the King Mackerel can live to 14 years.
~ The king Mackerel can be
found in outer reefs and coastal waters. They often occur around wrecks,
buoys,coral reef, ocean piers, inlets, and any other protrusions in the
ocean that attract its prey. They stay in waters 68 deg. F. and above.
The King Mackerel is a schooling species that migrates up and down the
western Atlantic coast.The King Mackerel is found along the western
coast of the Atlantic Ocean from Massachussetts to Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico.
~ King Mackerel feed primarily on small fish. They prefer to feed on
schooling fish, but also eat crustaceans and occasionally mollusks. Some
of the fish they eat include jack mackerels, snappers, grunts, and
halfbeaks. They also eat shrimp and squid. Adult king mackerels mainly
eat fish between the sizes of 4 to 6 inches.