One of the prime mackerel locations in the country is Chesil Beach, in Dorset. This linear shingle storm beach stretches from Portland to West Bay. It’s a hugely popular fishing spot, but with over 18 miles of beach available, you’ll always find an area from which to fish.
Where can you fish for mackerel?
The best places to catch mackerel are piers and rocks, both of which are already in deeper water. Mackerel don’t normally come in too close to the beach. This doesn’t mean that they don’t but as a general rule you’ll get much better results if you’re fishing away from the beach. The best baits are the shiny ones.
What month do you catch mackerel?
This changes between April and May, when the mackerel swim to the central parts of the North Sea to spawn. In the summer months, we’ll also spot spawning mackerel in our fjords. At this time of year, you’re likely to see anglers on the piers (young and old), trying to catch the delicious fish for their supper.
What tide is best for mackerel fishing?
The method is so popular on many venues that they are crowded at weekends, especially at high tide when the fishing is usually best. Top catches are made in clear, calm water. Mackerel don’t like heavily coloured water and are not found in the siltiest estuary regions.
Do mackerel die if handled?
Unlike most other fish, Mackerel have a very sensitive skin membrane which degrades as soon as it’s been touched. Even a little stroke will result in a slow painful death (about 30 hours later on average).
What size mackerel can you keep?
Mackerel are great to eat but remember that the minimum size to retain mackerel is 30cm, and while it can be easy to catch many mackerel in a session only take what will be eaten or used as bait.
What is the best mackerel lure?
Small soft plastic lures also work well. Mackerel will nail these in the top 20 ft or so of water. Effective lures include the Fiiish Black Minnow 70, Savage Gear Sandeels in the mini 10 cm or small 12.5 cm sizes and many others that imitate small baitfish such as sandeels and sprats.
Can you catch mackerel in April UK?
Spring (March, April, May)
Later spring can be seen as a transitional time as many of the species which have migrated away from the UK for the winter will begin to come back – plaice arrive in many parts of the UK in later spring, and mackerel, sprats, sandeels and garfish will start arriving.
How do you attract mackerel?
With the boat drifting and the motor turned off (it might spook the mackerel otherwise), use a string of Sabiki Bait Lures together with a pear-shaped lead weight attached at the lower end of the string. Lower this slowly, jigging it up and down as you do so, until you feel a fish strike.
How do you fish mackerel from a pier?
When fishing from a pier or bridge, you can use a sabiki rig to catch whatever small bait fish might be lurking around the pier or bridge pilings. Then, you can cast those small fish back out under a float, or you can free line them. You are looking for baits close to 3″ in size.
How fast should you troll for mackerel?
Trolling speed for Spanish mackerel is between five and seven knots. At this speed the 15-pound leader is going to twist no matter how many ball bearing swivels you use. Having one in the mix will slow down the inevitable, but it won’t stop the twisting.
Can you catch mackerel on a low tide?
Registered. If it’s low tide then try the harbour entrances you’ll have to be there over slack water otherwise you’ll get sucked in, but at low the shoals start to move up river, Langstone or Chi are all good, watch out for the boats though, and the beachcasters.
Can you sea fish at low tide?
Different beaches fish differently over different stages of the tide. Many steep shingle beaches will fish well regardless of the stage of the tide as there is always a good depth of water to cast into. However, on some shallower sloping beaches, the best fishing can be had at low tide.
Where do fish go during low tide?
“When the tide gets really low, the fish will look for structure in deeper water; the bottom contour can be a very important consideration, deciding where they will hold,” says Mihailoff.