Fast, sleek and scrappy, Spanish mackerel provide countless hours of light-tackle fun. But what are the best Spanish mackerel lures and baits, and what rigs work best? Over the years we’ve pretty much figured out what works and what doesn’t, and we’re sharing these tips with you.
Each year we look forward to the autumn migration of these speedsters throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Gulf states as schools make their way south before setting up winter residence in South Florida. Spanish mackerel love a variety of small prey and lures that mimic glass minnows, sardines, plichards and other bait easily fools them with a fast retrieve. Interested in techniques for when you’re flyfishing or trolling for Spanish mackerel? We’ve got tips on that too.
A trace of light wire leader minimizes cut-offs. If the bite is timid, switch to 30- to 40-pound mono leader. Swivels allow for quicker connections, but use black or bronze finishes to avoid fish hitting them and clipping the line. Medium-light spin or bait-casting rigs or 7- to 8-weight fly outfits provide plenty of sport. Learn how to catch mackerel with this selection of proven Spanish killers: