The kingfish, also referred to as the king mackerel, is a medium-sized fish that typically goes from 11 to 30 pounds, but can exceed 90 pounds.
Although they are most abundant during spring and summer, there’s also typically a good kingfish bite in December and January. Kingfish caught during the winter usually weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. And most kingfish during the spring and summer months are larger and weigh 30 to 40 pounds. The kingfish are very fast and, when attacking their prey, will often jump 10 to 15 feet out of the water.
The oily texture of the kingfish makes them an excellent fish for the smoker. They can also be poached or deep fried, depending on how you want your kingfish, but a seasoned and smoked kingfish is better.