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Old 09-29-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default ID fish Spanish Mackerel vs juvenile king Mackerel

Ok, I have googled this issue and want to make sure I have a clear understanading.
1. How prevalent are juvenile king mackerel at Bob Sikes bridge.
2. Does the large dip in laterel line indicate King?

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Old 09-29-2015, 05:42 PM   #2
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Top one is a spanish. See the flag on the dorsal. Bottom is king. See lateral line drop.
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Yep, you got a spanish and king there.
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If I were playing poker I would have lost that bet. Honestly thought they both were Spanish because of the yellow dots down the sides.

Great question.
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King crooked, Spanish straight. That plus the telling black 'flag' on the front of the Spanish dorsal.
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SPanish top, King bottom
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Spots got nuthin to do with it.
The dorsal fin and lateral line drop (or not) are the definitive distinguishing features.
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Spots got nuthin to do with it.
The dorsal fin and lateral line drop (or not) are the definitive distinguishing features.
I think I got it down.
Being new to Bob Sikes, Do the adult King Mackerel come up into the sound and/or bay?
Do Spainish and juvenile king school together?
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Spanish and juvenile kings occasionally school together, but my experience has been that if the Spanish are plentiful, there usually aren't any juvenile kings. Not always that way, but most of the time.

To add to Pier#r's post and excellent illustration, the spots on juvenile kings look like they are out of focus, while the Spanish spots are brighter and more vivid in color. The spots don't determine which it is, but are a clue to recognition. With a little experience, you'll soon be an expert.

A few years back, I was catching a bunch of juvenile kings about 16"-20" long and kept throwing them back. The anglers next to me were getting upset because I was throwing them back instead of giving them away. I explained that they were kings and not legal to keep, but they didn't seem to understand.

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Old 10-07-2015, 11:36 AM   #10
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I took a friend from Birmingham fishing and wasn't paying attention to his catch. He stuck a juvenile king in the cooler. The man stopped us in the pass and asked to see what we csught. I had no worries until I saw the little king. The Judge hit me with a $300 fine. That hurt my feelings!!!!
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