Spotting the difference between school and spanish mackerel.

Difference between spotted and spanish mackerel

Bundaberg Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers were conducting routine inspections when they found recreational fishers returning to the ramp with large numbers of school mackerel.

Upon closer inspection officers started to ID juvenile spanish mackerel that had been misidentified as school mackerel. QBFP informed the fishers who were unaware of the basic identification factors.

Differences between mackerel species can be difficult to distinguish. A useful characteristic is the shape of the lateral line. The lateral line for spanish mackerel (top) dips abruptly above the lower section of the anal fin, whereas in school mackerel (bottom) it dips gradually with the lowest point a little further along the anal fin.

If you are unsure of the species you have caught, you can ID the species through the ‘Qld Fishing 2.0 App’ available from the Apple Store or Google Play.

School mackerel
Spanish mackerel

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