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.
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.