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Fishing & Catching Blue Mackerel or Slimy Mackerel



Angling for Slimy Mackerel :

Map showing where Slimey Mackerel are found in Australian waters.

Blue mackerel (or Slimey Mackerel) are caught commercially by small purse seines for use as both live and dead bait in domestic tuna fisheries.  They are also caught with ring nets and in otter trawls in New South Wales.

They are found in waters of southern half of Australia but are also found throughout the Western Pacific Ocean, Hawaii and the eastern Pacific.

Juveniles and small adult fish usually inhabit inshore waters, while larger adult fish form schools in 40-200m of water over the continental shelf.

They spawn in summer.

Blue Mackerel is very good smoked. 

The annual catch by recreational fishers in NSW is likely to be between 90 and 200 tonnes.

Slimy Mackerel are found offshore, inshore and in bays around rocks, wharves and jetties.

Slimy mackerel dine on anything from plankton to small fish and crustaceans, meaning they will respond to a variety of different baits and techniques. They are voracious predators and will happily dine on baits of bread, prawns, fish , squid and molluscs.

Blue Mackerel can also be caught using imitation fishing flies and small baitfish flies, metal lures, soft plastics and other small lures.

One of the easiest ways to catch Blue Mackerel is using a light hand line with a small hook, you don't have to weight the line, but you can use a small lead running sinker if you want. Use a small piece of fish bait, piece of prawn or squid. Get the slimys eating by using some burley. The burley can be mashed up fish, bread or a combination. If you catch one slimy, you can use this as burley too. Using burley creates a feeding frenzy and by just dropping your unbaited hook in amongst the school of fish, you can catch them!

Saltwater Fish - What bait to use for fishing - a list of saltwater baits with the main "diners" who will be tempted.

Blue or Slimy Mackerel make excellent tuna and mahi mahi baits

 


 

See Also:
Slimy (or Blue) Mackerel (Scomber australasieus) Photographs and Information
Fishing & Catching Blue Mackerel or Slimy Mackerel
Cooking Blue Mackerel | Recipes for Blue or Slimy Mackerel
Commercial Fishery for Blue (or Slimy) Mackerel (Scomber australasieus)
Slimy (or Blue) Mackerel (Scomber australasieus) Websites, Links & Resources

 


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