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Mackerel Fishing Holidays

Worldwide fishing holidays for the Mackerel family of fish, this group of fish include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish and also the legendary Wahoo. All these fish provide amazing sport for both big game fishing and also adventure anglers looking to fly fish for them. All of Sportquest Holidays destinations listed below have all been hand picked to offer the best fishing for any of these species all with 1st class boats and crews.

Panama Sport Fishing Lodge | Panama

Every sport fisherman has heard of stories of how world-class the fishery is in Panama and it's no wondering when Panama is the home to so many IGFA records of all manner of species and our lodge is right in the thick of it. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a real treasure of Panama and with the likes of world-renowned areas such as Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa being the fishing grounds.. Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing
   Season: All Year

Popper & Jig Fishing | Hosted North Nosy Be | Madagascar

Sportquest Holidays is proud to be able to offer you an exclusive fishing holiday like no other. We have, with our Madagascan partner, Nirvana Fishing put together an exclusive Popper fishing school designed around teaching you the angler everything there is to know about the art of popper and jig fishing... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing, Single Angler Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: All Year

Crocodile Bay Resort | Hosted Big Game Fishing | Costa Rica

This is a very exclusive trip based on only a few anglers plus our very own host, Paul Stevens. Paul has been big game fishing all over the world from Africa to Mauritius and has a few billfish under his belt. If you have wanted to go big game fishing but struggled to find other friends to travel with then now is the perfect time to join us... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Family Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: November to April

Ikari House | Hosted Saltwater Fly Fishing Adventures | Christmas Island

Our famous hosted trips to Christmas island have become legendary, they offer you the best saltwater fly fishing along with world class popper, jig fishing. Combine this with light offshore trolling provides one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. A fishing adventure that should not be missed at any cost... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Guided Fly Fishing Trips, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays, Hosted Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: September to October
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Additional Information

The Mackerel family contains many different species all of which are classed as pelagic. These fish are all streamlined torpedos of the sea which can attract many anglers to catching them, these fish when caught on the right type of tackle can give the angler some fantastic sport. These fish are also superb eating making them even more of an attraction for those anglers wishing to eat what they catch.

Name: Mackerel

Also known as: Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Chub Mackerel, Atlantic Mackerel

Scientific Name: Scombridae



Generally, mackerel are much smaller and slimmer than their larger cousins the Tuna, though in some respects, they share many common characteristics. Like tuna and bonito, the mackerel are extremely voracious feeders and are swift and manoeuvrable swimmers.

These fish are able to streamline themselves into a torpedo-like shape by retracting their fins into grooves on their bodies. Mackerel range in size from small fish to larger game style fish. The king mackerel is an example of a larger mackerel.


Average size of Mackerel

The average range in size from only a coupe of pounds up to and beyond 100lb in weight, this depends on which region you are fishing and what species you are looking to target.


Where to catch Mackerel

Mackerel can be found all over the world in all of its oceans. If you wished to target the bigger more exciting species then I would strongly suggest heading to Mexico and Madeira for the superfast Wahoo.

If Pacific king Mackerel are your target then heading over to Florida and Mexico would be best for you. Other top destinations to target members of the mackerel family would include the Indian ocean at such locations as the Andaman Islands and also the vast waters around Australia.


Fishing methods for Mackerel

The Mackerel family are hard-hitting and aggressive predators and will smash any lure or jig that they lay their eyes on. One way to target members of the Mackerel family is to troll lures behind a boat over such areas as reefs and drop-offs where they will be lurking ready to hit prey.

Another method to fish for them is vertical jigging either speed or slow style near areas that may be holding Mackerel, they will also readily snap up a bait either wobbled from a boat or slow trolled.

Fly anglers can target the Mackerel family by sight casting to showing fish using patterns that mimic the Mackerels prey, this can be a very exciting method of fishing and can account for some very good captures.

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