King Mackerel Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
Known as the “kings”, there are some great kingfish tournaments where they catch 50-60 pounders called “smokers”. These fishermen are serious! These fish are mostly found offshore. King mackerel is the most important game fish within the genus Scomberomorus and are commercial fished off our coasts.
|What do King Mackerel look like?|
They have a silvery, streamlined body with a large back tail that is distinctly forked. They have indistinct bars or spots on their sides and 30 triangular teeth close together.
|What other fish are related to King Mackerels?|
Member of the Scomeromorus
|How big do King Mackerel get?|
They usually get to be about 20-35 inches long.
|What is the world record for King Mackerel?|
The state record is 90 lbs. caught in Key West but the record is 99 lbs.
|What other fish are similar to King Mackerel?|
|What are the best times to catch King Mackerels?|
These fish bite throughout the day except for the full moon when they bite the first 2 hours and last 2 hours of daylight.
|Where are the best places to catch King Mackerel?|
We find temperature breaks and the right color of water (known as “king green”) that might be holding schools of bait.
|What are the best ways to catch King Mackerels?|
Find them trolling or drifting from 20 ft. to 200 ft. on reefs, wrecks and edges.
|What are the best baits for King Mackerels|
Healthy live bait, silvery is preferable.
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for King Mackerels, then you are also likely to catch drums and jacks
|Are King Mackerels good to eat?|
They are on the FDA’s danger list of giving mercury poisoning so if you are pregnant or have sensitivity to mercury we don’t suggest eating it.
|What is the best way to cook a King Mackerel?|
Kings are good fried and excellent smoked and made into fish dip.
Recipe from a Great Aunt… :)
Smoked Fish Dip
First, soak fish overnight in a brine solution:
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups Ketchup
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 can beer
1 tablespoon red pepper
2 or 3lbs fish
Wash and dry fish, Smoke fish over hickory chips. Once you have the fish smoked let cool and crumble the fish with your hands into a bowl and add:
8oz sour cream
1 cup Duke’s Mayo
1 large onion sautéed
4 tablespoons pickle relish
Pepper to taste
If you like it kicked up a little, dust the fish with Jerk Seasoning before you smoke the fish.