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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:37 pm    Post subject: Montrose Mackerel Reply with quote

As a diversion from our river fishing trip we popped up to Montrose last Tuesday for a spot of mackerel bashing from the rocky shore near the lighthouse. Despite the high temperatures, we managed a pretty good haul with 70 between the three of us in an hour or so. We used five feather rigs launched around 70 metres from the shore and when you got a full house (which happened a few times to me) it was arm wrenching stuff! My freezer is creaking! Cool







Anyone got any good mackerel recipes? One I'd recommend is sushi mackerel with sea water around a minute post mortem. Delicious! Razz


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice haul, but more fun on a lure or fly. Razz

Looks like a nice Pollack mark too. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like great fun.

Well done.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nice haul, but more fun on a lure or fly. Razz

Looks like a nice Pollack mark too. Very Happy

Alan Wink

When I can cast 70 yards with a fly I'll let you know Alan! They weren't sufficiently inshore to try that and because it was an unexpected trip, I'd not taken any heavy 8# SKB Sea Fury gear with me and the 5# trout rod and line we did have with us was a non starter. The fish all took as the lead touched down bottom, so fairly deep. We believe they were eating sand-eels judging by what one or two coughed up. I spoike to one local who said that he'd often had them on the fly but conditions when it was feasible were hit and miss. To be honest, hearing the ratchet on my trusty Abu Garcia 6601 at full pelt as the fish ran was a lot of fun in itself!

Pollack are there, again very dependent on conditions but the local who'd been having a go with rubber worms, lugworm and ragworm most of the day had given up on them and was launching his feathers as we were! Very Happy




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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like them filleted, the two fillets cleaned, dried, boned and then one laid with your choice of filling. Breadcrumbs, chillies, soft cheese, ham etc. then the other fillet placed on top, the lot wrapped in foil and baked.
Brilliant picnic fare. Unwrap, slice and eat as a sandwich.
Beer of course must accompany this.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look identical to the species called blue or slimey mackerel down here except they are usually
much bigger usually X 2 or more.

They make fantastic sashimi eaten fresh as poss & bled straight away after landing ie after skinning
thinly slice avoiding bones, then preferably using chopsticks dip slices in a mix of Japanese soy & a bit
of wasabi ..... superb.

They also are delicious smoked but once again best bled asap & being oily they make great bait but no
need to bleed for bait.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am still hoping to catch one on my LRF/ultra light gear. As for recipes - cut once in the middle and mount on two size six trebles. Winter pike bait supreme. Very Happy
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