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Coastlines, Islands, Offshore
0 - 1 pounds
8" - 18"
From the front view, the Mackerel Scad sort of looks rounded but it actually has an elongated body. The whole body is predominantly silver but the dorsal portion of the Mackerel Scad appears to be dark blue. Its dark blue hue appears to be a gradient, slowly turning lighter as it gets to the belly. It also has a bright blue-yellow lateral line that splits between the dark blue portion and the silver-white portion.
Its pectoral fins are dark gray whereas its tail is red to yellow-green. Its tailfin is deeply forked and is slightly frayed on appearance. The Mackerel Scad’s dorsal fin is split into two different sections.
Mackerel Scads since they themselves are pretty small usually feed on zooplankton. However, if they find themselves on the column, they sometimes feed on small crustaceans like tiny shrimps. Some Mackerel Scads also eat small fishes like herrings and anchovies.
Mackerel Scads are small commercially. They usually are around 10-15 inches, though it highly depends where they are bought. Cultured ones usually go around 8-10 inches. As for weight, they usually don’t reach around 1 lb. Their weight ranges around three-fourths of a pound to 1 lb.
One of the ways to catch a Mackerel Scad is through the Hoop Net method. A common method employed in Hawaii, they get a net that has some vegetable feed and lowers it into the water. As it sinks into the water, it will begin to attract fishes especially those that usually feed on zooplankton. Since zooplankton feeds on algae, the fish that normally feed on zooplankton will be there too. Mackerel Scads are known to eat Zooplankton and attack in schools so expect a big haul.
If you’re planning to do the typical line and bait, some anglers recommend using small shrimps to get them. Cast your line into the water column. Usually, Mackerel Scads head towards the water columns where the shrimp and small fishes are.
Mackerel Scads are spread all over the world. They are normally found near the surface but can be found in waters that are 131 ft to 656 ft deep of water. As pelagic fish, they usually stay near the surface and nearby islands. Provided, however, that the water must be clear and clean. They were seen swimming through the Western Atlantic in Nova Scotia to Bermuda. For the East Atlantic, Cape Verde and Ascension Island seem to be their spawn points.
They seem to be also pretty prominent in the Pacific waters, reaching as far as Sri Lanka.