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Chub Mackerel

Scomber japonicus

Chub mackerel

Chub mackerel, also known as Pacific chub mackerel, is a coastal pelagic species found in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. From the very early stage of their life, chub mackerel travel in large schools. Their range of habitat is mainly subtropical, but during years when warm current surges in North Pacific Ocean, they can be found along the coast of British Columbia.

Their adult sizes vary from 30cm to 60cm in length. Due to their highly predatory nature, they can be a problem for juvenile Pacific salmon that are making their way into the ocean. Their primary diet is made of small fish, crustaceans and copepods. Squid is a commonly eaten item for these fish.

They can be caught by using bait, small lures and flies. At times they become accidental by-catches when trolling for salmon, which can be a nuisance. On light tackle, they can be very entertaining. Chub mackerel are eaten in various parts of the world. They can be fried, broiled, or smoked.