king mackerel


Definition of king mackerel

: a mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) of the western Atlantic Ocean that is noted especially as a fighting sport fish

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Recent Examples on the Web That weekend, the Ebony Anglers caught a 48-pound king mackerel to claim first place in the division. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, "Meet the Ebony Anglers, Five Black Women Catching Fish and Stares," 1 Nov. 2020 Kelly Albritton, a former bail bondsman in Kinston, N.C., claimed third place in the tournament with a 39.51-pound king mackerel. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, "Meet the Ebony Anglers, Five Black Women Catching Fish and Stares," 1 Nov. 2020 The larger fishes tend to have higher mercury levels, including fish species such as shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Pescatarian Diet," 25 May 2020 For many Atlantic and Gulf Coast anglers, large live menhaden (also referred to as bunker or pogies) are premier baits for tarpon, king mackerel, cobia, striped bass, bluefish, and more. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 Their much larger cousins, king mackerel, are also being caught from the pier at present. Frank Sargeant, al, "Looking for a new fishing hole? Catch the bite along Alabama’s Gulf Coast," 3 Nov. 2019 Troll or drift with pogies for tarpon, snook, redfish, jacks, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and bonito are all possible. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 15," 14 July 2018 Opt for Safe and Sustainable Types Bypass fish varieties high in mercury (typically shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tuna). Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 Use Got-Cha plugs and spoons for Spanish mackerel and possibly a king mackerel or two. Mark Blythe,, "Fishing forecast: June 18, 2018," 18 June 2018

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circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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“King mackerel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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