From April 1 through September 30, this increases to 75 fish. The possession limit will be reduced to this amount for the remainder of the fishing year... 20,000 lb for all Altantic mackerel permit holders. If the catch was slipped for any other reason, the vessel operator must immediately terminate the fishing trip and return to port. They shouldn’t be hard to find this time of year.

The northern group spawns in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in June and July. These EAs require the use of small mesh to target whiting. Managers limit the amount of available permits to control harvests. The fishing year is October 1 through September 30 with a trip limit of 1,250 pounds. Note: Table does not include annual quota closures – please see Fishing Seasons and Closures in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. In general, mackerel live farther north in the summer and farther south in the winter. The Northern Zone extends from the Alabama/Florida border to the Collier/Lee Florida county line. For current information on South Atlantic Spanish mackerel commercial annual quotas, please visit the annual catch limit monitoring homepage  and select commercial fishing in the South Atlantic. Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish are jointly managed in federal waters by NOAA Fisheries in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. In these areas and fisheries Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish can be retained. Several species of fish and marine mammals eat Atlantic mackerel. State and federal bag limits cannot be combined. The eastern group spends the winter in south Florida. 2014: Framework 8 implemented changes to improve operation of the butterfish discard cap in the longfin squid fishery and the directed butterfish fishery. 1980: Atlantic Butterfish Amendment 2 continued management of the Atlantic butterfish fishery. The Mackerel migration routes are changing. Two migratory groups, Gulf and Atlantic, are recognized for each species and regulated separately. Find the right temperature and an abundance of baitfish, and putting out a spread of baits will tell you quickly if there are king mackerel around. 1980: Atlantic Mackerel Amendment 2 continued management of the Atlantic mackerel fishery. Kingfish that summered in the northern Gulf are splitting up. Watch the water temperature charts, and fish by them. 1991: Amendment 3 established overfishing definitions for all four species. They also eat squid, as well as some fish and ascidians (sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders). 2010: Amendment 13 implemented Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), Annual Catch Targets (ACTs), and Accountability Measures (AMs). Transit allowed if codends less than 5.0 inches are stowed and not available for immediate use.

Wherever they roam, fall is the time to catch kingfish during their annual migration south. The fishing year for the hook-and-line component is July 1 through June 30 with a trip limit of 1,250 pounds. In the Southern Zone, which extends from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe Florida county line, the trip limit begins at 3,500 pounds.

They have 20 to 30 wavy black bars that run across the top half of their body, and a narrow dark streak that runs below these bars along each side.