How to Catch Spanish Mackeral
Rigs and Techniques
An outfit with an over head reel, 6-15kg line (depending on the fishing method) and a meter or so of heavy wire trace (something like 25kg will do) to avoid and bust-offs on those sharp teeth. Chemically sharpened hooks are a good idea to get the hook to catch in the hard mouth of the Spanish mackerel. Two popular methods for catching Spanish mackerel are trolling from boats and ballooning from the shore.
Trolling can be done with hard-bodied minnow lures or live bait such as slimy mackerel, mullet or garfish secured with multiple hooks. Add a swivel to your rig for trolling and keep the speed below about seven knots. Ballooning involves filling a party balloon with air or helium and floating it above the swivel on a live or dead bait rig when an offshore wind is blowing.
Need a WA fishing licence? Don’t forget to check if you do before heading out.