The Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), is a pelagic schooling species of mackerel found on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Mackerel is by far the most common of the ten species of the family that are caught in British waters. It is extremely common in huge shoals migrating towards the coast to feed on small fish and prawns during the summer.
Abundant in cold and temperate shelf areas, it forms large schools near the surface. They overwinter in deeper waters but move closer to shore in spring when water temperatures range between 11–14 °C (52–57 °F).
A young mackerel is referred to as a Joey. It is a favourite meal for Sea Bass along the inland UK waters, especially in the surf. Fishin Addict has just launched a Joey Mackerel pattern swimbait, perfect for catching big bass. Don’t forget to stick to the MSL 40cm (Minimum Size Limit) of those Bass you keep for the pan. My favourite recipe is here Pan-fried spicy sea bass with gorgonzola mash and fresh pesto http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/panfriedspicyseabass_84628
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