Spanish Mackerel Fish Species
The other beauty is all the other smaller mackerel species we are blessed with on the Great Barrier Reef, and around the Whitsunday islands found off Mackay.
These mackerel species will also hit lures and bait with gusto, and are great sport on light line, not quite as big as the old Spanish Mackerel, but still a great bonus and well worth targeting. So don’t forget the following species, and worth fishing for when the Spanish Mackerel are a bit slow.
Some fresh mackerel is also great chewing as an added bonus, with similar techniques used to catch such as Trolling lures, floating pilchards, and casting slugs.
Another Mackerel caught out and about amongst the Great barrier reef and very common along the reef edges, can be caught in good numbers and usually average around the 5kg mark with a good fish nudging the 10kg mark at times.
A good fish and fight well, easily caught on mackerel lures and the old floating pillie on your Mackerel Rig. A good by catch when targeting Spanish Mackerel and keeps people happy.
They look a bit greener in colour and can have an iodine smell at times, which tends to put people off these great fighting fish. Also this shark type smell results in the name, Shark Mackerel. But eaten fresh cooked up on the reef on extended Mackay Fishing Charters and people come back for me, so definitely well worth keeping for a feed. Well worth flicking a slug or plastic around the reef edges, you never know what you’ll pick up, and good chances it could be one of these.
School Mackerel & Spotty Mackerel
Caught generally inshore off Mackay and around the Whitsunday islands in summer when the Northerlies blow. A smaller mackerel again, caught in the 2 -3 kg range and found in good schools and numbers. With a good size fish reaching about 5 kg, and maximum recorded pushing 10kg.
Susceptible to the usual methods of catching mackerel, trolling lures, floating pilchards and Spinning lures. This is great sport, very visual and exciting stuff, high speed casting and retrieving small metal slugs through feeding schools of fish. Try match the lure to the baitfish, and you can’t go wrong.
Also referred to as Broad-barred mackerel and easily identified by broad stripes compared to the Spanish Mackerel. Caught generally inshore off Mackay and around the Whitsunday islands in summer when the Northerlies blow. A smaller mackerel again, caught in the 2 -3 kg range and found in good schools and numbers. With a good size fish reaching about 5 kg, and maximum recorded pushing 10kg. Great eating as well, especially nice and fresh.
Your Should Also Check Out These Mackerel Resources
How To Catch Spanish Mackerel
Trolling Lures For Spanish Mackerel
Live Baiting For Spanish Mackerel
Jigging And Casting
Make Your Own Mackerel Rig
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