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Monday, March 5, 2012

Three Kinds of Mackerel in South Florida – All Caught on One THERAPY IV Trip

There are three different kinds of Mackerel popularly caught on Miami Deep Sea Fishing excursions. However, catching all three in one trip is defies the odds. That’s exactly what happened last week on a Friday afternoon Therapy IV deep sea fishing trip.

There are many different kinds of Mackerel with only few indigenous to the deep sea waters of South Florida. They typically have slim, cylindrical bodies with numerous finlets near their dorsal and pectoral fins. Sub-species of Mackerel are spotted throughout the waters off the coast of (caught mostly during Reef Fishing Miami trips) and have some subtle and not so subtle difference. Here are the three Mackerel that were caught Friday and their unique adaptations. 

Cero Mackerel

The Cero Mackerel isn’t the biggest Mackerel of the bunch but has very unique characteristics that make it both easy to spot and aesthetically pleasing. The Cero has a beautiful spotted design that forms lines on its body. The fish is generally five pounds in weight but has a record-size of fifteen pounds.  

Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel is similar in size to the Cero but has more distinctive spotted design. The fish exhibits a green back; its sides are silvery marked with about three rows of round to elliptical yellow spots.

King Mackerel

This is the largest of the three. It ranges from five-to-thirty pounds. This fish is certainly the most difficult to catch and reel in. Coloration is olive on the back, fading to silver with a rosy iridescence on the sides, fading to white on the belly.

These fish can be found in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Florida and up the Gulf Stream. If you’re interested in learning more or catching any of these fish, visit the Haulover Marina and take an afternoon trip o n The THERAPY IV, you may just catch all three types of Mackerel (It has happened before).

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