What's hot: We are experiencing a big push of mackerel. Mackerel are an abundant fish that are usually easily caught. They are delicious on a broiling pan or when prepared in a proper smokehouse.
Tip: Use caution when handling these fish. Anyone who has had the misfortune of being bitten by an angry mackerel knows that their serrated, sharp teeth can deliver a wound that could chum sharks for miles.
Tactics: The incoming tide seems to be the best scenario for catching May mackerel. Moving water is the key when chasing them. Using a chum block can help significantly when targeting the sleek speedsters. The scent of chum will cause the fish to gather to the point where you can literally hang a bait off the side of the boat and watch it get whacked.
Tackle: Single-strand wire leader can be used to help prevent biteoffs. But many more strikes are generated by somewhat heavier leader material and long shank hooks. Spanish and king mackerel have keen eyesight, and this should be considered when targeting them.
Captain Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or www.snookfish.com, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.