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King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla)

The King Mackerel or Scomberomorus cavalla is just one of the numerous kinds of Mackerels in our oceans. This particular species is often found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Atlantic Ocean. These fish have scales, but they are very loosely attached to their bodies. They are often silver with a white underbelly. Smaller fish tend to have brown spots on their sides.
King Mackerel can get quite large weighing in at nearly 100lbs! They are often found in waters with a temperature range of 68 to 85 °F (20 to 29 °C). If you are fishing for these Mackerels you will normally find them in depths of 50 to 150 feet. Once hooked this sporting fish is said to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the ocean. Trolling with live baitfish, jigs and spoons are said to produce the most action. These fish are quite edible, but it is recommended that children and pregnant woman stay away from this fish because of its high levels of Mercury. Other fish to avoid if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant include Sharks, Swordfish and Tilefish. When it comes time for the King Mackerel to reproduce the eggs and sperm are disbursed into the sea where their union is completely by chance. Females can produce over a million eggs in a single season though so don't worry! It only takes about 24 hours for the eggs to hatch after they are fertilized. Like some other fish they are born with a yolk sack that gives them nutrition for the first part of their lives until they can locate a food source.

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