Rigs for Mackerel and the Pelagic.
Whether you are fishing in a river, a lake or the ocean, having the right rig for the type of fish you are after is essential. Also, what style of fishing you have will dictate what rigs you need. Not everyone likes to use bait, and not everyone loves lures.
For offshore fishing, apparently, something a little more substantial is usually the best (Especially if you are fishing for the Pelagic fish).
Today I am focusing on the Mackerel, indeed one of the supreme Pelagic fish in the ocean. They are streamlined and give screaming runs. They have impressive razor-sharp teeth, and they are great to eat as well.
The Spanish mackerel around Australia is one of the top fish to cruise our waters, and for many fishers, it is a chosen catch.
While many things influence the Spanish mackerel’s valour, what makes this fish superior is that you do not need a big boat to target them. Their seasonal behaviour, which sees them move to inshore waters, means they can be pursued with constancy in a small craft.
Techniques for Catching Mackerel.
Some of the best techniques for Mackerel is trolling lures and baits and jigging chrome lures.
- Using live baits and even the old floating Pilchard is worth trying to increase your chances.
- No matter how you fish for Mackerel, you should gang your hooks.
- Before we move into the techniques for chasing Spanish mackerel, it is essential to understand the bare terminal tackle basics for chasing these fish.
- A wire trace is crucial when targeting these fish. The Spanish Mackerel have razor sharp teeth that will slice through your mono line like butter. Also, be plentiful on your length of wire; you would be surprised just how far down these fish can guzzle a bait or lure.
- Try not to use shiny swivels as they can attract smaller mackerel than hang around the Spanish mackerel. The smaller mackerel are well-known for selecting off the scraps when the larger ones’ feed.
- Whether you use mono or braid comes down to personal preference. Many anglers prefer to pursue Spanish on mono due to its elasticity as it can reduce the number of pulled hooks during the struggle. Braid, on the other hand, allows for a more responsive feel when jigging.
Trolling is a preferred method as it lets the angler to cover more distances in search of the fish. The easiest way when trolling for Spanish mackerel is to wire on a couple of large 20cm+ fast running lures over different depths and lengths.
Sometimes, however, rigged baits can be much more efficient. The most common dead rigged bait is the little garfish, which makes up a large proportion of the Spanish mackerels’ diet.
No matter what type of dead bait you use, the rigging is almost the same. The head of the rig is weighted, which for the herring usually makes up a chin rig or large jig head. The weighted keel provides stability to the bait and gets it to the right depth.
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