Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred) (Scomberomorus commerson)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

  • Size 5-12 kg
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Like other Mackerel species, the Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel (or Narrow Barred Mackerel) is revered for its game quality as well as its food value. The tiger-stripe pattern running down both sides of this fish reveals the origin of his name, and sets him apart from other Mackerel.

How Big?

Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel typically grow to 5-12 kg (11-26 lbs) in size, but some weigh up to 70 kg (154 lbs). The IGFA certified all tackle record is 45 kg (99 lbs).

Narrow Barred Spanish MackerelNarrow Barred Spanish Mackerel caught off the coast of Port Douglas, Queensland

When and Where

Anglers commonly catch this species on both sides of Australia, and it inhabits a wide-ranging area across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. You can find Narrow Barred Mackerel from the east coast of Africa all the way to the South Pacific.

Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel are migratory, mainly inhabiting waters toward the north of Australia in winter and then moving south in summer. Some speculate that resident populations live in certain places year-round. Anglers catch this fish offshore near islands, wrecks, and reefs, as well as in bays.

How to Fish

Narrow Barred Mackerel is a highly rated game fish, known to run hard and fast, occasionally leaping into the air. Primary fishing methods include surface and deep trolling, and live bait fishing near reefs.

Good to Eat?

This fish makes an excellent meal, and humans aren’t the only ones who think so! Anglers frequently use Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel as whole bait, strip bait, or chum to attract bigger game fish.

Fish Species Similar to Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

Cero Mackerel

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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