All the mackerel I caught was using small 1inch straw tails on a 2g size 8 jig head. The fish just wouldn’t let up, they were everywhere an at all depths of the water Colum. I was starting to wish I had brought the bass rod an lures to avoid the mackerel as there must have been bass underneath the shoal. Mackerel aren’t a challenge to get on the hook when competing in a shoal this big.
The real challenge is when it comes down to playing the fish on an LRF rod using Varivas Light Game 0.4 PE braided line. For such a understated fish, on balanced gear these fish can run!