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Old 02 September 2012, 15:48   #11
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I've had great success this year using very small japanese style mackerel feathers - mustad shrimp feathers, which have tiny super sharp hooks. I cut them down to 3 hooks per string to make fishing from the rib a bit easier. Plain I've caught herring, mackerel, scad, sandeel with them and baited with tiny strips of squid or mackerel we've caught bream, red mullet, gurnard, poting, whiting and more.

Mackerel shoals are very unpredicatable, they vary in depth sometimes on the surface, midwater or on bottom, experiment until you find them.

With baited feather I have most success drifting with light weights, maybe 4 oz max letting the weight bounce across the bottom. Easy to get snagged if you're not holding the rod though.

If anyone wants to join us on a fishing trip it would be good to share tactics etc.
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Old 02 September 2012, 15:56   #12
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I've had great success this year using very small japanese style mackerel feathers - mustad shrimp feathers, which have tiny super sharp hooks. I cut them down to 3 hooks per string to make fishing from the rib a bit easier. Plain I've caught herring, mackerel, scad, sandeel with them and baited with tiny strips of squid or mackerel we've caught bream, red mullet, gurnard, poting, whiting and more.

Mackerel shoals are very unpredicatable, they vary in depth sometimes on the surface, midwater or on bottom, experiment until you find them.

With baited feather I have most success drifting with light weights, maybe 4 oz max letting the weight bounce across the bottom. Easy to get snagged if you're not holding the rod though.

If anyone wants to join us on a fishing trip it would be good to share tactics etc.
Sounds like youve done well! Only time i managed to get out fishing this year was for 15 minutes where i got 4 mackrel then this happened! Swanage is somewhere in here!

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Old 02 September 2012, 16:09   #13
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Luke, plenty of fish in swanage bay at the moment. Try baited feathers at the old harry side of swanage bay inline with the cliff face
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Luke, plenty of fish in swanage bay at the moment. Try baited feathers at the old harry side of swanage bay inline with the cliff face
Sounds good but its my neighbours fishing boat & hes just taken it out of the water to put a new engine on it!
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Plenty of mackerel in Christchurch bay. Fillet, salt to get the liquid out of the flesh for 45 mins, rinse and dry, then pop in a smoker.
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Plenty of mackerel in Christchurch bay. Fillet, salt to get the liquid out of the flesh for 45 mins, rinse and dry, then pop in a smoker.
Now Thaaat Looks good What wood chips do you find best for Mackies?
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Can't remember as I got them with the smoker years ago. Nothing that special though. Don't use too much is key or your fillets taste like woodbines. A light sprinkling in the smoker pan. Then i stick it on the bbq. Also it took awhile to learn to use alot of salt - amazing how much liquid is drawn out. If you don't they end up mushy. These today are firm and flakey.
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Wow! they look great
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I use Maple. 2 table spoons in the bottom, smoke for about 15/20 mins, after salting for an hour or 2. Thats for a small smoker with about 15/20 fillets.
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