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Types of Mackerel in North America

When it comes to America’s favorite fish, we all know its Mackerel. And why wouldn’t they be the favorite of Americans? They have got everything Americans love. The biggest reason for being the favorite of Americans is that they are tasty. These toothy beasts are always a welcoming catch for anglers in America. But we all find people confused when it comes to different types of Mackerel found in North America. It is because all Mackerel look pretty similar. And even if they not only look similar, most of them have similar names. That is why people get so confused in differentiating among the different types of Mackerel.

We are here to help you clear your doubts and provide you with some briefs regarding the top Mackerel species found around North America. 

  • Atlantic Mackerel
Atlantic Mackerel

These are the tastiest among all the Mackerel but sadly not the biggest. These are the ones that gave the whole family their name. So, it’s better to consider them as the original. From Labrador to North Carolina, these fantastic creatures live all along the North Atlantic Coast. They come from the family of the “true Mackerel” tribe. It is one of the factors that make them so different from the other Mackerel. Most species of Mackerel in North America are known to come from the “Spanish Mackerel” tribe. Along their back, they have distinctive wavy lines and have slim built. These are some of the features through which one can easily recognize the Atlantic Mackerel. 

  • Atlantic Spanish Mackerel
Atlantic Spanish Mackerel

The other common names of Atlantic Spanish Mackerel are bay mackerel and spotted cybium. These are the most common inshore caches for anglers of the US East Coast. Among all the Mackerel, they are the most common from Florida to Maryland. For most people, it’s not easy to distinguish between the Spanish mackerel and the young King Mackerel. As far as their appearance is concerned, they look greenish-black with silver slides. 

  • Cero Mackerel
Cero Mackerel

Cero Mackerel are popularly known as the tropical cousin of the previously mentioned Atlantic Spanish Mackerel. At the very first glance, they look just like the Spanish mackerel. It happens because both have the same shape and yellow markings on their sides. Sadly, they are not a common catch in North America. It may not be the biggest of the mackerels but definitely one of the tastiest. 

  • King Mackerel
King Mackerel

There’s a reason why we gave them the crown of the king. They are the most aggressive among all the Mackerel. Moreover, they weigh more than 100 pounds and can grow over five feet long. Other common names of King Mackerel are cavalla and smoker kings. They don’t taste as good as the Atlantic Mackerel. Their sheer size helps anglers to spot them. They look silvery from the stomach and sides and are iron-grey on the back. 

  • Sierra Mackerel
Sierra Mackerel

When it comes to Sierra Mackerel, they look quite similar to other fishes belonging to the Spanish mackerel tribe. They are also commonly known as the Mexican or Pacific Sierra. 

All the above-mentioned Mackerels are the ones that you are more likely to come across. There are many more mackerels out there.