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After you see the rod dip a few times just knock the motor out of gear and pick up the rod, gently wind up the line keeping constant pressure on the fish to keep the hook in place. When you get to the Makka Paravane just grab the line behind it and sit the rod down or back into the holder. This is where practice comes in, you’ll need to hand line the fish in from the side of the boat and not over the transom. You will be leading it a bit like a dog on a leash, then as you see it next to the boat and before it has a chance to run, lift it out of the water and swing it into the boat in one fluid motion. This will take practice and you can only do it with schoolies or small greys. When you hook a large grey, (proper name is Broad Bared Spanish Mackerel), they don’t run as hard as a Spanish or even a large schoolie. You can gently hand line them up to the side of the boat and gaff them quite easily. Remember that Greys have softer mouths so be careful lifting them into the boat without a gaff.


Hooking a Spanish Mackerel is quite a different affair, You will know when you have hooked one because the line will scream off your reel. When this happens just stop the boat and if there are no other boats around or pylons you can let it have a run and even let the drag off a little. This won’t be the last run, but you must keep the line under tension to keep the hook in place. At times the fish may even swim towards you, so keep tension on the line. After the initial run you can start gaining some line, the fish may have several more runs yet, but generally only one or two more. You need to tire it out before you get it near the boat because when it sees the boat it will take off just like the first run. It is recommended to place the rod in a holder and taking it for a drive if you think it is a big fish; this takes all the fight out of them. Now you can retrieve some line, the work starts after you get to the Makka Paravane, because the fish still hasn’t seen the boat and you have the line in your hands. Now you just have to hang on and try to get it close enough to the boat so you can get a shot at it with the gaff. Be careful when the fish swims under the boat and you have the line in your hands, using gloves is highly recommended.


If you can find bait you will find mackerel, also remember when you are trolling, try to travel from north to south and back as this will expose more of your lure to the sun as possible. If you travel east to west the sun can only shine on the front and it won’t flash as much.

Now go on, go catch ‘em with your Makka!

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