Cero mackerel

The Cero Mackerel, also known by its scientific name Scomberomorus Regalis, is a type of saltwater fish species found in regions of the Western Atlantic Ocean.

This species is taken to be the best among Mackerels and comes from the Scombridae family.

They usually prefer warm coastal surfaces, where they can hunt smaller fishes and can reach an average growth of about 30-inches.


The Cero Mackerel has a color pattern of bluish-green black paired with a silver-ish white belly. They have slender figures with pointy heads and forked tails.

Their stripes are composed of a lateral bronze pattern, which also makes the most distinguishing feature of this fish species.

Cero Mackerels carry several yellow spots and stripes with scaled pectoral fins. The fins are what primarily differentiates the Regalis from other mackerel species.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Though Cero Mackerels are considered to be solitary species, they do form schools occasionally along coral reefs & ledges (3-66 ft. deep).

Due to their preference for coastal habitats, they normally swim close to water surfaces. By making use of Pelagic Ecosystems, they also gain easy access to food.

Known for its thriving nature in warm saltwater, their population is scattered across various places, including Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic Ocean.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

The Cero Mackerel loves residing in warmer water climates. Thus, they can be found close to surface area with warmer water.

As Ceros come with really good eyesight, live ballyhoo forms a crucial factor in completing successful Cero exploits. Commercial fishers commonly use trawls and nets to catch Ceras.

Peak Season

These fish species are found year-round near Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Florida regions. During this period, females can release 2+ million eggs each.

Best Bait

Generally, these fishes can be used as bait when catching a Cera Mackerel:

  • Pilchard
  • Ballyhoo
  • Anchovies
  • Cut herring