King Mackerel Along Our Gulf Coast

Another species found recently along our Alabama Gulf Coast is King mackerel.They are found both near shore and offshore and often around piers where bait fish congregate. They may occasionally be found in deep water. King mackerel are schooling fish that will migrate from south Florida waters in winter northward in the spring. The color of King mackerel ranges from black iridescent to bluish green with silvery sides. The body is streamlined that narrows towards the head. Young fish often have yellow spots, similar to Spanish mackerel.