Originally Posted by scott7980
3oz is all the weight you need
Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I would suggest, limiting to 3 ounces of weight would not work for me. If fishing bait, I throw 5 to 8 ounces depending on a few things.
Very likely the Mackerel I was throwing would weigh in at 3 ounces or more.
To answer the original question, I will fish mackeral on an 8/0 hook, 12 to 24 inch wire leader, with weight on a fish finder above the swivel.
Typically anywhere from 1/2 hour before to 1 hour after slack tide. Depending on moon, and other factors.