Spanish mackerel are fairly small. Most fish that are caught by anglers will be in the 2 to 3 pound range. These fish travel in schools and they feed on small fish and shrimp.
Spanish mackerel are a migratory fish that can be found along the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers usually target Spanish mackerel just off of the beaches in open water. At times, you can find them farther inshore and offshore in open water or around the reefs and wrecks.
How to Catch Spanish Mackerel
The most common method of fishing for spanish mackerel would be trolling spoons about a half mile to a few miles off the beaches. Certain beaches do provide some surf fishing opportunities for spanish mackerel, but most anglers have better success fishing from a boat. The piers and bridges can also offer some good fishing for Spanish mackerel when these fish are moving through the area looking for bait fish. Some of the best lures to use are jigs, spoons, crankbaits and swimbaits. Live baits such as finger mullet, small menhaden, pilchards and shrimp work well for Spanish mackerel.
Eating Spanish Mackerel
Spanish mackerel have the reputation of having a very fishy taste and not being very good for table fare. However, some anglers do enjoy eating them. The key to eating this fish is to get it on ice right away and cook them the same day that you catch them. If you decide to refrigerate them overnight or put them in the freezer, they will not taste nearly as good as if you would have cooked them the same day that you caught them.
Spanish Mackerel Fishing Basics
- Fishing Inshore for Spanish Mackerel
- Fishing Offshore for Spanish Mackerel
- Using Leaders for Spanish Mackerel
- Trolling for Spanish Mackerel
- Migrating Spanish Mackerel
Below are some of the popular fishing rigs that are used for catching spanish mackerel.
- 3-Way Swivel Rig
- Carolina Rig
- Double Hook Bottom Rig
- Double Hook Drop Shot Rig
- Double Jig Rig
- Drop Shot Rig
- Fish Finder Rig
- Split Shot Rig
Below are some of the popular lures that are used for catching spanish mackerel.
- Jigging Spoons
Below are some of the popular baits that are used for catching spanish mackerel.