Tag Archives: How to catch Mackerel

A garfish rig is a great way to catch Spanish Mackerel

Garfish rig for trolling up mackerel – How To Video

Here’s possibly the best garfish rig for trolling up mackerel and other toothy sportsfish. While jigs and metal slices are great for mackerel when they’re on the bottom, a trolled garfish rig is the best way to entice a bite when they hit the surface. When riggiing, first check out our previous blog on making…

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Spanish mackerel fishing rig using custom gang hooks

Spanish mackerel fishing rig – custom gang hooks

It’s winter time and one of the premium times to catch mackerel in north Queensland. A popular Spanish mackerel fishing rig is gang hooks. Big Spanish mackerel pull like freight trains and are one of the true speedsters of the ocean.   They can also straighten hooks and this happened to me once upon a…

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What's in Ryan Moody's tackle box

Setting up your tackle box

In this video blog we’re looking at setting up your tackle box for fishing in small boats to make sure you have all the essentials covered. Having run a successful barra fishing charter business for 30 years, I’ve made my share of mistakes, left things I need at home, and carted around stuff for years…

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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…

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Setting your drag correctly using scales results in more fish caught and in the boat

Set your drag correctly and catch bigger fish

One of the biggest differences between anglers that consistently catch big fish and anglers that don’t is preparation, preparation, preparation. Setting your drag correctly is often overlooked, yet it is one of the primary reasons people lose big fish. A good rule of thumb is to set your drag at under one third the breaking…

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Fishing for hard fighting Giant Trevally in Queensland

Fishing tips for Giant Trevally (GT)

When somebody says they just want to go fishing and get punished by something big and strong, the one fish that pops into my head is the Gangster of the ocean, the Giant Trevally. For years many anglers thought the only way to catch them was with poppers thrown around isolated bommies, but over the…

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Catching mackerel in winter using metal slices with Ryan Moody

Catching mackerel using metal slices

Mackerel are a premium fighting fish for recreational anglers and can be caught easily fishing with metal slices. Most Mackerel species are top grade food fish and are a staple fishing catch around many parts of the world. During the winter months we see the arrival of the lesser mackerel species and the main two…

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