Species of The Mexican Caribbean X: El Coronado

Como one delivery on the species that can be found in the Mexican Caribbean, and which is of interest for the sport fishing talk now of the coronado, or as the Americans call it: Greater Amberjack.

It is a migratory species that can be found mostly in any time of the year during the winter and part of spring in our waters, is one of the species that for sport and commercial fishing represents one of the greatest coverage, as it can be found in any sea, tropical and subtropical of our planet by what is fished all over the world.

Its importance to the fishing is that it is one of which offers a great fight and dams require knowledge and technique to achieve his capture.


As mentioned the distribution of this species is very extensive, since we can meet you in tropical and subtropical seas around the globe, it can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic, in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Caribbean and even in the Indian Ocean and practically in any place on our planet where water temperatures are between 19 and 26 degrees Celsius. For its wide coverage in our seas, referred you to several common names in different languages, here we will mention some in order to orient ourselves since the use of common names always causes us some mistakes, even in a single country, like our Mexico, is known with more than one common name, which causes that we as sports fishermen, sometimes not can detail clearly is what fish or when involved with fishermen from other regions not us “we understand” so this species is known as coronado, madregal, amberjack or lemon, and that only in the central region South of Mexico.

For the Mexican Caribbean, as already mentioned, is a species that can be found during the fall and winter and very the beginning of spring, and already advancing spring; It is a rare species in the area. They are usually pelagic, however in juvenile stages and as adults sometimes they can be found in low or coastal areas, for its fishing it is better that we should move to deep areas and power to search for them.

As you can see in the image it is possible to find the species in any sea or tropical and subtropical ocean of our planet and its wide distribution there are many studies about the species in which its main features, its reproduction, their migrations have been analyzed, and in general have much information of the species.

It is for this reason that we can count on very good references and much information generated by scientific projects, as a species of interest for commercial fishing and sport fishing.

Morphology and some scientific data:

Belongs to the family Carangidae , they belong to other species such as horse mackerel, (both those of the North and those of South, ojotones, horse mackerel, or how to contact them), in our country we can find both in the Pacific and the Atlantic, can reach nearly two meters in length and weighing more than 80 kg become.

Account with eight rigid spines on the upper part of his back, as well as dorsal soft rays which can be 29 to 35, also has 3 Annals spines followed by 18 to 22 soft rays on the bottom at the base of the tail, usually is gray on top with olive tones on the back , and on its sides and underparts is color silver or white, presents a line of amber or yellow in the middle part of the body, it may present a dark line on the head that passes above the eye and ends at the base of the dorsal fin, which can be brown to black

You can usually find in deep areas, but can be located from depths ranging from one meter up to 300 meters deep in reef areas, mainly feeds on fish and occasionally marine invertebrates or crustaceans, when young are grouped in large schools and they can be found in areas of kelp floating in the currents of deep water When adults are kept in groups but also large fish are solitary. It prefers rocky areas, reef and deep, can be found in collapses and places that offer hiding places. Played in the deep areas, the female deposits the eggs in the water, which are fertilized by the male and hatch later.

It may be ciguatoxin in their flesh, as by eating reef fish, can get the toxin easily, there may be also a parasitic disease caused by worms, a species of tapeworm, in muscle areas so if we wish to consume it we must review in detail their meat, although the tapeworm is not harmful to us, it is better to remove it before eating the fish.

Derivative of some studies is known that there are migratory species and seasonal populations, seasonal populations sets some delimited areas, the studies speak of some established on the shores of Florida, USA. Other populations travel great distances in the ocean taking advantage of currents. It is believed that larger individuals can be found in areas such as our Mexican Caribbean, or parts of Africa.

Sport fishing:

For the angler is a very sought-after prey, since it offers a singular fight and that usually ends in a long time. Recently fishing you with metal jigs in the form of vertical fishing with jigs of various weights ranging from 100 to 700 grams and our selection will depend on the depth and fishing area in which we are looking for them. It is highly recommended to have powerful equipment that will allow us to handle vertical with comfort fishing, since lowering a jig heavy 300 meters and then upload a fish from those depths we will really test and will test our team.

For sport fishing with metal jigs, recommended the use of powerful rods and reels, it is not recommended to use medium or light, since it is virtually impossible to have a good outcome with this type of equipment, is preferable to the use of braided lines and of a rather high libraje (prefer some 50 lbs up), this will allow us to have a good amount of m line which we will no doubt be useful.

For juveniles and small species fish, lure type CD of Minnows, undulating scoops of silvery and some other lures, Rapala can be used however as when they are large, it is more difficult to lure different from the jigs, mainly due to large specimens are kept in the depth that attack.

For a long time fishing with live bait, and even locate fishing zone requires skills not very easy to acquire, also requires electronic equipment, fishing is very similar to metal jigs fishing however the day begins with the capture of the bait, and we must devote some time to this if we want to succeed, it turns out that they prefer certain species to feed. For fishing bait, you can use plastic pulpits in pink or green or yellow tie about 5 or 6 online and have placed a simple hook, this arrangement troleamos it in reef areas, low, we can capture more than one fish every time, and it is important that we go by controlling our line, and feeling a bite, we slightly loosen the line , so that we give opportunity for other fishes take deceit, usually those fish are grouped into smaller or larger schools.

To obtain the bait, in our area is a thing of search cojinudas, (blue runner) or blonde (yellowtail snapper) with a size of 20 to 30 centimeters in length, “sarteneras” they say here, and keep them alive then move to the fishing spot and then place them in an armada of sliding lead with leader of Monofilament of some 300 pounds of about two metres of length and large circular hook that is holding the live fish mouth you may tie with wire, and we lower it live thoroughly and is thing of wait a few seconds… no doubt we will know when a coronado has stung because we will immediately have to apply pressure to try to stop it. The use of a relatively long leader is recommended as the coronado tends to rub the rocks looking for trap lines and if we do not use a long leader and good libraje we lost many dams.

Records of fishing of the species.

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So we finished as friends, this release hoping that poured here information is useful for anyone interested in the species that can be found in our beautiful Mexican Caribbean!