How to make a wire trace when fishing for mackerell

Making a wire trace for mackerel

Mackerel are toothy critters so it’s wise to make and use a wire trace, especially when fishing for mackerel with trolled lures.

You can buy them already made, but I prefer to make my own using single strand stainless steel wire, the haywire twist and barrel rolls.

With trolling lures costing upward of $30, you certainly don’t want to lose them getting bitten off through your mono!

The bought ones also generally have the big cheap shiny swivels – and this creates a risk of getting bitten off by another member of the school while you’re fighting your hooked fish.

Fishing for mackerel in north Queelnsland

Mackerel are a top grade foot fish and absolute speedster.

Plus in this video below, around the 3.25 mark, I’m going to share a neat trick to remove the tag without creating a nasty sharp spike to cut yourself on.

It only takes a minute to make your own wire trace when fishing for mackerel and when you get a great fish to the boat, you’ll be glad you did.


For more offshore fishing tips, click the links below for some of our previous posts;

Fishing tips for giant trevally (GT’s)

Catching mackerel using metal slices

Get your terminal tackle right with the wind on leader system

Sounder interpretation presentation


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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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