Spanish mackerel is truly one of the greatest Pelagic in the ocean
Spanish mackerel is truly one of the greatest Pelagic in the ocean, with awesome streamlining and screaming runs, impressive razorsharp teeth, and also they are great to eat with some fantastic mackerel recipes available!!
It’s one unreel fish with serious attitude. Other names also known as Narrow Barred Mackerel or King mackerel in USA. Spanish mackerel grow up to 60 kilo’s and 7 foot in length, although they are more commonly caught between 10 and 20 kilo’s in size.
Some of the best techniques for catching Spanish mackerel are Trolling Lures and Baits, Jigging chrome lures.
Using live baits and even the old floating Pilchard or Gar. Definitely worth trying a couple or even all of these techniques to increase your chances.
When trolling, try having a mix of lures and swimming gar or Wolf herring. There’s a heap of different ways to make your own mackerel rig using a herring, but check out our Swimming Wolf herring rig below, it just doesn’t get any easier with excellent hook up rates.
Wolf herring are awesome bait and rarely let you down if a Spanish Mackerel is around, consistently catching larger fish as well. Look after your Herring, freeze individually and treat like gold, almost as dear to buy from your local tackle shop. Can be caught at times inshore on small lures and if you catch a few, send a couple my way.
Try a swimming gar as well as a couple of lures. Stagger the lures and baits to prevent tangles and all your bases are covered. Troll your spread about 4 knots which seems to be about the best speed when trolling big baits.
High speed jigging chrome lures can also be very productive and awesome action when they smash your lure at high speed. Try the surface and also work the bottom. Make sure you’ve got a good hold of the rod. Live baits under a balloon can be deadly, and if any Spanish mackerel about, they can’t help themselves; Stripey, Fusiliers, and other small fish are all top baits.
Will need to use single strand wire, about 100lb, trying to keep size down to a minimum, but larger mackerel can cut through if too light. Keep the balloon about 30 feet or so behind the boat whilst reef fishing and It shouldn’t be too long before a screaming run.
king mackeral fishing destin fl sea bouyDefinitely great sport on light line, generally with a blistering first run, which can scream out 100 metres of line in no time flat, then generally coming to the boat easy, but great care still needed as many fish are lost boat side, when they take off at the last moment and final run.
Another great tip is to keep the boat idling ahead, bringing the fish in slowly for the gaff shot. Also recommend a serious 6ft Gaff for that extra reach and control of a large Spanish when coming alongside.
Watch out for the razor sharp teeth, many serious injuries have resulted from getting too close to those teeth. Best bet is to secure the fish on the deck and brain spike, killing the fish instantly, then bleed. Ice the fish down immediately for best results after taking photos of course.
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