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Offline BeastMaster

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Spanish Mackerel
« on: Sun 1 Jul 20:19 2018 »
I took advantage a good forecast this morning to target a winter spanish out of Mooloolaba and wasn't let down.
I found some good bait straight up  and could see a few big fish stacked up on the sounder so decided to sit it out and target a big fish on big dead troll baits .
Strike 1 - just on sunrise- dropped a big fish on a large wolf herring - bitten off on 60lb wire.
Strike 2 - a few minutes later got  a long tail from hell that took over  20 minute to land on a big gar. tagged and released.
Strike 3 - around 8.30am Got an animal 32kg Spanish on another big wolf herring
Strike 4 -around 10am  Got a nice  Cobia about 15kg on a tailor.
By this stage I was pretty well stuffed so called it a day and headed in .
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #1 on: Mon 2 Jul 05:23 2018 »
    Good effort
    Looks like a good morning gym session 😂

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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #2 on: Mon 2 Jul 07:45 2018 »
    cracking fish!
    would you mind posting a photo of the rig you troll?
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #3 on: Mon 2 Jul 07:47 2018 »
    Hi Neil,

    Excellent effort. Congratulations.

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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #4 on: Mon 2 Jul 15:08 2018 »
    Well done Neil, that's a cracking fish!!.
    Could I also ask to see what rig you use for trolling?
    Thanks
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #5 on: Mon 2 Jul 17:06 2018 »
    Beast fish there master

    Nice one
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #6 on: Mon 2 Jul 18:07 2018 »
    Sooo Good.
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #7 on: Mon 2 Jul 19:03 2018 »
    What a beast. 50 lb tackle? I would also be interested to know where you source your wolf herring for troll baits.
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #8 on: Mon 2 Jul 21:15 2018 »
    Hello All -
    This is the rig that I used .Just a standard dead bait rig with a couple of swivels to add a bit of length and flexibility.
    VMC  9255 9/0 's I add  a bit of a bend near the eyes  to make them sit in the bait snuggly.
    I use 60 lb  single strand wire.I buy the pre cut  stuff in the plastic tubes on line  - it's nice and straight till something chews on it .

    As for the Wolf Herring - I found a big fish tray full of them  a couple weeks ago at a seafood outlet at Darra when I was sourcing some small tailor baits .
    I thought I'd  try giving  a couple a swim and they worked very well .I went back today to see if they could source me some more - unfortunately a major language barrier got in the way, I'll try going back with some pictures . If you find a source let me know too!
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #9 on: Tue 3 Jul 07:38 2018 »
    Awesome! thank you for the photo.
    what speed do you troll them at?
    is it more of a swimming action or do they tend to skip along?
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #10 on: Tue 3 Jul 09:01 2018 »
    Hi rot8me - trolling dead baits for spanish is slow as as can go, ie approx 2 knots, I usually even drop it in and out of gear to sink the baits and then speed up momentally up to 4 knots to try and entice a hit.Lots of other tricks . Finding pressure points , trolling away from the sun , making rigs to suite your baits, rigging different baits so they swim.and knowing where and when to fish.I got to know a very good pro mackerel fisherman many years ago at 1770 .A few chats with him taught me so much - just when you think you've got it figured you learn something more.
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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #11 on: Tue 3 Jul 20:26 2018 »
    Cracken fish mate well done.

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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #12 on: Wed 4 Jul 15:41 2018 »
    BM,

    Congrats mate- that is a horse of a fish.

    Thank you for sharing the tips /info.


    Good fishing.

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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #13 on: Sat 7 Jul 18:29 2018 »
    MOTHER OF PEARL young fellah, couple of bests there!  So another case of big baits = big fish eh.....  thanks for sharing, sensational catch btw

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    Re: Spanish Mackerel
    « Reply #14 on: Tue 17 Jul 08:58 2018 »
    That fish could eat small children.
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