Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Spanish mackerel attack

What's hot: Huge 4- to 6-pound Spanish mackerel have inundated our beaches, and all you have to do is go about a mile off St. Pete Beach. That's exactly what the Busch family — Joe, Mary and Little Joe — did during its vacation from Kansas City, Mo.

Bait of choice: First stop was to a local bait hole to get the all-important scaled sardine (whitebait) and threadfin herring (greenbacks) that mackerel love. Joe maneuvered me close to the buoy where the minnows were, and with one throw from the 10-foot bait net, we had all the "candy" needed for our charter. West of the Don CeSar hotel, we anchored up in 20 feet of water. Upon arriving, we saw huge schools of greenbacks dancing on the surface.

"That's what I like to see," I told my crew. "When I see bait, the macks are usually here." I had just put the chum block over the side when Mary's drag started screaming. "Just keep your rod tip up and let 'em run," I told her. "Try and get your line back after he stops." Suddenly, Joe was hooked up, then Little Joe.

Tip: The mackerel rig we started with was a No. 3 long shank Aberdeen hook with 30-pound fluorocarbon leader. After losing numerous macks to cutoffs, we switched to a short piece of No. 1 wire with the same hook. Because the macks were so big, they were inhaling our long shank hooks and biting through our monoleader. The wire prevented that.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at or (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Spanish mackerel attack 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 8:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame (w/photo gallery)


    Dave Andreychuk said Monday began "business as usual."

    Dave Andreychuk battles Calgary's Andrew Ference during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
  2. UPDATE: Rays finalizing deal to get SS Hechavarria for 2 minor-leaguers


    UPDATE, 4:27: In making the deal, the Rays add an elite-level defender to an infield that could use the help. But it also raises a number of questions, such as will they now move Tim Beckham to 2B? Does this mean Matt Duffy is not coming back this season? Is Daniel Robertson or Taylor Featherston going to …

    Adeiny Hechavarria is a two-time Gold Glove finalist who could help settle the Rays sometimes leaky infield defense.
  3. Timmy Claus is coming to town


    The circus is coming to town.

    Well, close enough.

    Timmy the Tebow is coming to Tampa Bay.

    It’s true. At least it could be. St. Timothy has been promoted by the New York Mets to high Class-A Port St. Lucie. If he stays promoted, Tebow should be in Tampa Bay for eight games beginning August 10 …

    Coming soon: Tim Tebow will hit Tampa Bay in August.
  4. Ranking Malik Zaire among 2017's top transfer quarterbacks


    The Florida Gators' Malik Zaire is among many transfers who could become starters at their new school. Here's how he stacks up in our rankings of top transfer quarterbacks:

  5. Lightning re-sign Yanni Gourde to two-year, one-way deal


    Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fightning to stay in pro hockey.

    Yanni Gourde seized his moment with six goals in 20 games as a callup last season.