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Old 22 February 2013, 00:15   #41
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30 cm minimum size for Mackerel
So if you get swooped on by the fisheries inspector & you've head & tailed it or filleted it its no good trying to put it back all together again when he gets his measuring stick out : ( he won't be impressed & neither will you when your up for a large fine or your boat gets confiscated,
unless your commercial same goes for selling em to your mates down at the pub .
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Old 22 February 2013, 01:20   #42
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if your in Scotland why not get advise from people like Mike thrussell, Paul Young etc as they are all going to be a the www.fishingmegastore.com open weekend on the 1 st 2 and 3rd?

Its a great day out and even better the Chinese cash and carry is next door!

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30 cm minimum size for Mackerel
So if you get swooped on by the fisheries inspector & you've head & tailed it or filleted it its no good trying to put it back all together again when he gets his measuring stick out : ( he won't be impressed & neither will you when your up for a large fine or your boat gets confiscated,
unless your commercial same goes for selling em to your mates down at the pub .
So how the heck do they get those little frozen 6 inch joey mackerel I use for pike fishing then? Shrink them
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So how the heck do they get those little frozen 6 inch joey mackerel I use for pike fishing then? Shrink them
The 30cm limit is for the North Sea. Everywhere else it's 20cm.
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So how the heck do they get those little frozen 6 inch joey mackerel I use for pike fishing then? Shrink them
Same way as they get the pathetic little frozen Canadian lobsters, or big prawns as we call 'em. Catch, freeze & import from somewhere that has different rules. Personally I think even the minimum sizes are too small, we've always been picky on what we keep & throw back. When I was diving, I was very selective on what I brought out or left especially with the shellfish. I always went for the biggest, kept the missus happy
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There's a rumour that there's point in throwing macky back anyway as handling them kills them within 24 hours.
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There's a rumour that there's point in throwing macky back anyway as handling them kills them within 24 hours.
Can't see that being true
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I've also heard that, when you touch the mackeral you 'burn' them. I catch them and just hold the hook upside down and shake them back into the sea. Once I've got enough for the BBQ of course ;-)
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We catch Mackerel to eat and for bait for bigger fish.

I hear that they should only be caught on a hand line, does this mean one of those lines like a crab line or does it mean a fishing rod?

Sorry if this has already been asked
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We catch Mackerel to eat and for bait for bigger fish.

I hear that they should only be caught on a hand line, does this mean one of those lines like a crab line or does it mean a fishing rod?

Sorry if this has already been asked
Either, Line caught means exactly that
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