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  1. Hudson River
    How about grocery store mackerel for these early season Stripers? I’m thinking about a day trip from up north and I already know how bait is down there at the shops this time of year. You can’t touch anything Herring, Mackerel, Bloodworm up in the Adirondacks. We can’t even get to...
  2. The Striper Forum
    Anyone have any tips and lessons learned on catching mackerel for striper bait? Personally, I've found that chumming is essential (at least for me) and that sabiki rigs outfish the "Christmas tree" type jigs like nobody's business. I've always used ground fish (since it's available) but heard...
  3. The Striper Forum
    My understanding is that Mackerel is supposed to be the best for baitfishing, but I was curious how far behind Pollock is? In other words, if you're fishing for mackerel for bait, and you're getting a bunch of pollock, do you just throw them back in, or are they worth keeping?
  4. Massachusetts
    Hey, I've purchased fresh dead mackerel from Surfland before, but I really want to give live mackerel a shot. I pretty much only fish at joppa flats by kayak and I didn't know if catching a few live ones was possible without traveling out of the mouth into deeper water. I have a pole...
  5. Massachusetts
    I was wondering where I could buy a flat of mackerel in massachusetts have not found anywhere yet (capecod) if anyone knows where I could buy a flat of mackerel that would be great
  6. Stripers 101 - The Beginners clinic.
    well im goin out tomorrow aroudn the ipswich/little neck area hoping to get some good fish. the plan is to snag some live mackerel for live trolling bait - any tips on where to get them? i wont be able to get on the water till early afternoon too, not sure if that makes much of a difference or not.
  7. The Striper Forum
    is there any technique to finding schools of mackerel in an unfamiliar area? are you supposed to just chum heavy, wait and hope for the best or what??
  8. The Striper Forum
    Im going to try to rig up some mackerel this weekend on my sabiki rig... i understand it is pretty easy once you find the school on sonar. Is there anything that i could look for on the nautical charts that might help me pre spot some possible bait fish hotspots?
  9. Saltwater Species
    I live in Virginia and was wondering when they came in season and how far out you typically have to go for them? Also are there any good books that list information about each species of fish?
  10. Stripers 101 - The Beginners clinic.
    What do you think the best way to cut and prepare frozen mackerel chunks on circle hooks? It might sound like a stupid question but hey. It seems some people say to fillet it, use tapered strips and let them dangle from the tapered end and some say to cut them up vertically and run the hook...
  11. New Jersey
    I'm REALLY dying to go fishing. The lakes are frozen and the surf fishing is dead. I took an 18 off-shore trip for Seabass and had a great time but was wiped for a day afterwards. I'm looking at a 3/4 day mackerel trip but never fished them before. I've heard that the fight is good but...
  12. Massachusetts
    Who's catching macs? How far north are they? I'm trying to gauge when they will be thick off the north shore of MA.
  13. Massachusetts
    went out today to try some new sabiki rigs that i just got. Caught easily over 100 macks from a school that jsut stayed under my boat for at least 45 minutes. Then i circled around to find 2-3 inch tinker macks breaching, and caught about ten of those. On the way home i saw an ocean sunfish and...
  14. Massachusetts
    mackerel are finally in, hopefully will be able to go out this sunday to catch a few for bait this year.
  15. Massachusetts
    Even Though the water 9 miles east of the mouth was 39 degrees in spots I found a pocket of warmer 48 degree water that housed a sizable school of mackerel, by next weekend they should be on their inshore haunts....
  16. Massachusetts
    Anybody see any Mackerel in the Boston Harbor yet? I'll be out there Sunday, most looking for flounder, but I wouldn't mind stocking up on some bait while I'm at it. I'll post what I see out there after I get back. Good luck to everyone who makes it out this weekend!
  17. Saltwater Species
    I was wondering what you guys have caught for fish besides stripers in the Southern Maine area off the surf and jettys and where. I was reading up on winter flounder and was wondering if they would be found in the waters around here off the jetty or not or if they ever show up at all during the...
  18. Striped Bass Fishery Conservation/Politics/News
    Mid-Atlantic ? Public Comments Invited on Limited Access in the Mackerel FIshery NOAA Fisheries Service is considering proposed rulemaking to control future access to the Atlantic mackerel fishery, if a management regime is developed to limit the number of participants in this fishery as part of...
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