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There are a few school mackeral around in Keppel Bay Cent Qld. (One of them is carrying my green Nilsmaster.) I am thinking of specially targeting mackeral if this calm weather continues. Any tips? Can I troll with a metal lure (as when I cast and before moving the lure could sink and get snagged)? Help???
 

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Also very effective on mackeral is to use a handline. say around 50 pound.

I use a piece of old car inner tube, cut cross ways to make a loop. loop it through the front carry handle and pay out about 50 metres of line, tie a couple of half hitches round the tube. sit all paid out line neatly in your lap and paddle along - deploying the lure and line till all is trolling neatly behind you.

When a fish strikes, the tube acts as a springer and if the fish is big enough will turn the boat. just fullow it till it gets tired then overtake the line and pull him in :twisted: dispatch with a donger, store fish and start again. :twisted: :twisted:

Schoolies will just stretch the tube a bit so you need to keep an eye on it. A big spaniard, properly hooked will stop your yak - dead, and turn it for you. :twisted: :twisted:

Did I mention, I just love eating mackeral. :twisted:
 

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Mate, I'll smoke ANYTHING :lol:
 

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Daveyak said:
I've seen 'em shotgunned but how do you smoke :shock: Tim Tams???
Only proves Sydney blokes are different :lol: nothing like an aged Monte Carlo
 

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Got a mackeral yesterday at Ritamada shoals. See under fishing trips. Didn't get it on special mackerel lures I bought, trusty old blue nilsmaster. Didn't have any timtams with me otherwise I could have trolled it using ganged hooks.
 

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Daveyak said:
Davey G said:
now where did I put those tim tams?
I've seen 'em shotgunned but how do you smoke :shock: Tim Tams???
hi daveyak. after hairy's original post stating that he'd smoke anything, i was referring to the sudden hunger pains (ie tim tam cravings) that come on after smoking certain brands of 'exotic tobacco'... not that I'd know anything about that of course..... :shock:

the tim tam 'shotgun' is also a favourite, although I call it the tim tam slam..

btw troppo, glad to see that your mackeral hunt was successful
 

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Davey G said:
i was referring to the sudden hunger pains (ie tim tam cravings) that come on after smoking certain brands of 'exotic tobacco'... not that I'd know anything about that of course..... :shock:
Golly gosh Davey, would never have thought of that (unless I was straight) :twisted:
 

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Hi Chris, the mackeral I was talking about are minimum legal size 50 cm (20 inches). Billy Bob catches them at about 1.5 metres (4.5 feet). You guys must catch small bait fish called mackeral. In Australia we use rigs like in your link to catch small herring or whatever for bait. In Queensland we can use cast nets which are excellent ways of getting heaps of small fish and prawns for bait. That is if you can cast em so they open properly in the air.
 

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Holy Mackerel said:
Try a sabiki rig... Guarantee you will catch 5 at a time...

Chris
We use Sabiki Rigs in Tasmanian waters quite a bit but mainly to catch Slimy or Blue Mackeral for bait purposes. The biggest Slimy or Blue I have ever caught was 45 cm, but most are around the 20 to 30 cm mark
 
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