Kingfish Information



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Detailed Information on the Kingfish
Color ranges from black iridescent to bluish green with silvery sides.
The body is streamlined with a tapered head.
No black pigment present on the front of the first dorsal fin.
The lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin.
Young fish often have yellowish spots, similar to the Spanish mackerel.

King mackerel are found both nearshore and offshore, often around piers. They may occasionally be found in deep water.

Kings are schooling fish that migrate from south Florida waters in winter northward in spring. They spawn offshore in mid-summer.

State Records:
Florida ~ 90 lb, caught near Key West

Fishing Tips and Facts:
Kings feed on small fish and squid and take both natural and artificial baits. Live baits include pogies, herring, Spanish sardine, ballyhoo, and mullet. Lures should be flashy sub-surface lures or large fish-like plugs. Use 20-pound line and tackle, or heavier for larger kings, with a wire or mono leader.

Useful Links

Florida Saltwater Fishing RegulationsGeorgia Saltwater Fishing Regulations
North Carolina Saltwater Fishing RegulationsSouth Carolina Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Virginia Saltwater Fishing RegulationsSafe Handling of Self Caught Seafood
Seafood RecipesNutritional Value of Mackerel
Basic Fish AnatomyMore Species of the Atlantic
Map Showing All Florida Fishing Piers Listed on
Map Showing All Florida Salt & Brackish Boat Ramps Listed on

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