Everyone loves catching Mackerel. A pelagic summer visitor to our coast. Catch a Mackerel on a light LRF setup and you will discover the true power and speed of this species. Being pelagic (swimming up in the water column), Mackerel are best targeted with cast and retrieve methods. Micro-jigs and metals make huge sense here with no Mackerel able to pass up the flash of your metal jig. Mackerel will also take paddletails and other soft-plastics fished at speed in the surface layers.
Great little session with Chris Wheeler in Weymouth on Saturday night. Wind dropped away to nothing for a couple of hours around midnight and we were able to fish delicate Aji-type lures on jigheads, using the curve fall method, on-the-drop (OTD). We picked up the desired Horse Mackerel (Scad), Mackerel and some decent sized Pollack, plus the odd tiny Whiting caught well off the bottom. Really enjoyed it.
After entering the Species Hunt competition for the first time last year, I’d managed to pass on my enthusiasm for the event to mates, Dan and Chris. Estelle enjoyed last year, even as a non-fisher, and was along for the ride again too. So with a rough plan built around the far from perfect forecast, and the two productive marks I’d garnered last year, we all met up in deepest, darkest Cornwall. Exciting! Read more