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Fishing for Jack

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Mackerel are a coastal-hugging salt water game fish. Take the Atlantic chub mackerel for example, they make for a great Atlantic fish outing.

Float fishing, fishing with a jig or special lure combination will attract loads of gregarious mackerel.

Many species of mackerel make their way close enough for shoreline fishing. The 'little' silver fighters are good game for anglers fishing with spinning or fly fishing gear from pier or shore. They travel in big schools; each fish is equally hungry like the next so they hit multi-rigs with velocity, making an excellent game of retrieve for many anglers at once. The sink and draw method is also effective in getting the lure down to the right water column. Like with other species, anglers often set the lure depth too shallow, going over the schools. Spanish mackerels including the wahoo, shark mackerel, and cero mackerel are bigger trophy fish famous for their speed and strength.

Other species of mackerel also include the pacific jack and butterfly mackerel. With the variety of locations to fish for one of the 30 species of mackerel, you will never run out of new hotspots. Fishing for mackerel is a recommended trip for the first-timer out to sea and a fun trip to go on with friends and family.

Basic Info

Varieties: Horseye Jack, Crevalle Jack, Almaco Jack, African Pompano Jack, permit Jack 

Scientific name: Caranx

Size: average length 40 cm

Weight: about 5.1 kg

Lifespan: 4 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Tropical waters worldwide