Make us your home page
Instagram

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

Captains corner: Spanish mackerel plentiful and ravenous

What's hot: With the exception of a few days, we've had mellow breezes vs. the usually relentless winds of April. Most species have been cooperative lately, especially large schools of sizable Spanish mackerel. Fish in the 5-pound range are being caught in Tampa Bay from the Sunshine Skyway bridge to the Gandy Bridge. These toothy fish are quite easy to catch, making them ideal for dinner and a fun time for kids.

Technique: Mackerel have sharp teeth, so use a hook with a long shank to help prevent a "bite off." Some anglers use a single-strand wire leader to keep the fish from biting through, but because of their keen eyesight, a mono leader with a longer hook will trigger more strikes.

Tip: Small, shiny silver spoons will catch Spanish mackerel if artificial lures are used, but they love live baits, such as scaled sardines, greenbacks or shrimp. If chummed up with chunks of fish, they will hit cut bait.

Best fresh: Some say mackerel are oily or "fishy." But if they are iced thoroughly and cooked the same day, they are splendid on a broiling pan or in the smokehouse.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or snookfish.com.

Captains corner: Spanish mackerel plentiful and ravenous 04/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. This is no time for Jameis Winston to play hero

    Bucs

    Don't be a hero, Jameis.

    Do the right thing. Do what's best.

     Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sits on the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) 700070683
  2. Buccaneers WR Mike Evans previews 2017-18 NBA season, predicts Warriors will be dethroned

    Bucs

    Tampa isn't the greatest basketball market. In fact, it's just about the worst.

    Mike Evans and Jameis Winston celebrate after connecting for a touchdown against the Bears in September. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  4. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  5. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.