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Mackerel Scad

( Decapterus macarellus )
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Carangidae (jacks and pompanos)
  • Can grow to 46cm in length
  • Distinguished from other scad by it’s elongate body, black spot on the gill coverings and red tinge to the caudal fin (tail)
  • Found in Australia’s warmer waters from NSW to WA
  • Pelagic in nature, form large shoals mid-water
  • An abundant baitfish popular as live or dead whole bait
  • Edible