The Atlantic Mackerel can be found in large schools from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the Virginia Capes. It is found through Canada during the summer and off the Virginia Capes in the winter time. These fish are smaller fish, but they are strong fighters and very fast for their size. Averaging 1 to 3 pounds, these fish will hang out in schools of identical-sized fish.
They are one of the best species for younger anglers because they hang out in large schools and are very easy to catch. Atlantic mackerel typically hang out around major fishing areas for a couple of weeks and then move along. Charter boats, party boats and private boaters enjoy outstanding fishing while these fish pass through.