King Mackerel or “Kingfish,” as they are commonly called, is one of South Florida’s greatest sport fish. While they aren’t great for eating (although you can eat them), Kingfish are a fun favorite of anglers looking for a challenge.
Kingfish are a migratory species of mackerel of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They are an important species to both the commercial and recreational fishing industries.
Habitat: Coastal to offshore waters. Often around piers. They may occasionally be found in deep water.
King mackerel grow fast, up to 5 ½ feet and 100 pounds.
They can live more than 20 years.
They are able to reproduce when they reach 2 years of age.
There are two distinct populations,