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Spanish Mackerel

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
14 inch minimum
Daily Limit / Person
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Spanish Mackerel is a shallow water species, preferring sand bottom in depths of 10 to 40 feet.

They feed on small fishes with lesser quantities of shrimps and squids.
General Description
Spanish Mackerel are greenish along the back with silver sides and belly.

Yellow or olive oval spots traverse the body, which is covered with very tiny scales.

Can be easily confused with the cero mackerel.
Did You Know?
The Spanish Mackerel is a speedster and a prized game fish. It is known for its blistering runs on light tackle.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Spanish Mackerel are caught by casting shiny spoons and jigs or trolling. Fast lure retrieves are key to catching these quick fish.

Small live baitfish will also take Spanish Mackerel.
Typical Sizes Caught
Spanish Mackerel are commonly caught in the range of 2 to 3 pounds by anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 22 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 20 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 5 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 3.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
6 pounds 4 ounces
Eric Ludwig