How to identify a Cero Mackerel
Cero differ from the king mackerel and Spanish mackerel in having a pattern of both yellow spots, yellow-orange streaks, and a dark color line running the length of the body, and a lateral line that gradually curves down toward the caudal peduncle. The anterior third of the first dorsal fin is black like the Spanish mackerel. The pectoral fins are covered with small scales like the king mackerel.They are an epipelagic species that are most abundant in the clear waters around coral reefs, usually found solitary or in small groups.
Where to catch Cero Mackerel
While known from New England to Brazil, cero are primarily fish of the tropical and sub-tropical reefs. They are common throughout the Florida Keys, West Indies, and Cuba. It is the most common Scomberomorus in the West Indies. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: