When Is Mackerel Season?

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Fishing season for mackerel runs from May to September. During the end of spring, mackerel begin to journey from deeper oceans into shallow riverbeds and waterfronts for mating season. They remain close to the surface during this time, so they are easier to catch.

Mackerel are common to both the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. They swim in large schools of fish that are similar in size and of the same species, maintaining the same speed so that they remain together. Mackerel live an average of 23 years. Being carnivores, their diets consist of shrimp, smaller fish, crab larvae and squid.