Bait – sand eel, worm, prawn, shrimp

Method – float, spin with feathers or lures

Mackerel can be caught all around Cornwall but some suggestions are: Padstow area headlands, Port Isaac, Boscastle, Mullion, Porthcurno, Lamorna, Sennen, The Lizard, the rocks off Porthtowan, Helford, Mevagissey, St Ives, Kennack Sands, Coverack, Porthleven and Charlestown

Mackerel are easily identified – they are torpedo shaped with black near vertical stripes on the back. Deeply forked tails with silver bellies.

Length is 30-40cm

May – June

Order – Perciformes
Latin Name – scomber scombrus
Family – Scombridae

Mackerel live just about anywhere and are probably one of the most prolific fish in Cornish waters.

Mackerel are a tasty and very healthy fish being packed with Omega-3 oil.

Mackerel is delicious smoked, either as fillets or whole. It is also great on the BBQ.


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