I just tried mackerel fishing last year and had a blast doing it. I remember asking the same question last season and was told once the water warms up they start coming in, like Stroover said usually late July through August. Actually I think it was Stroover who answered my question last year. Thanks for the Advise on time of year / gear to use, it was a lot of fun catching them!! I'm still learning and by no means an expert but what i had success with last year was fishing with a gold and silver mackerel rig with a gibbs minnow on the end. I fished it by raising the rod then letting it fall and 9 times out of 10 they would hit on the fall. whats cool is when you feel the first bit you usually feel several more, the school seems to fight over it and a lot of time you will fill your hooks with macs, reeling in 3 or 4 macs on the same line. On a medium action rod it's awesome!! Good luck man
Yeah, fun for sure! I'm gonna try to catch them via kayak this year. The thing about macks are when you hit a feeding school, you can pretty much throw anything at them and they'll hit. People have even caught them on a hook with a cigarette but on it. My dad used to make his own jigs by simply soldering led onto the shank of a hook, then sanding it shiny. Worked great!
I don't know anywhere from shore, but it seems just about anyplace with a dock or warf you "can" catch them from. We used to get alot at the old maces bay warf, but haven't tried the new one yet, get them in blacks harbour too. I haven't really tried many other places, but i'm sure there's lots of spots around you could find them
i caught 2 off the donaley? cove wharf last weekend, fair size but only those 2 hits in an hour. i had gone to fish to fish the lepreaux causway but the lady working the store beside it said nothing was hitting there and suggested the coves wharf. i probaley should have tried the causeway too, i think because most of the fishing there is for stripers at night, she just doesn't talk to the "catchers"!?! lol