A logical technique, but new to me.

A logical technique, but new to me.

Mr. Sims, I salute you.

Ok, I never really thought of this. Yeah, I know, everyone livelines mackerel. Me too. Hell, I bridle them for tuna! But I never thought of trolling Macs anywhere but the river mouth. This is why fishing is fun. You learn something every day.

For instance, yesterday I met a couple mackerel boats trolling sabiki rigs. I’d always just stopped, chummed, and jigged. However these folks just dropped the rig around 15 feet, and watch the fish finder for schools as they motored around. Soon as they saw the marks they’d stop fast, drop another sabiki rig straight down, and grab a couple from the school before they split. I watched and learned, then put the tactic to work successfully myself.

I saw some professional tuna guys doing the same thing out on the Isle of Shoals last week. And these guys were good. What surprised me, though, was how fast they were sweeping the area. I bet that boat moved 6-8 knots when searching for the schools. And the boat sat down quick too, no slow stop with these guys. While I had been happily jigging for nearly 90 minutes for 3 macks, they grabbed three rods of 6 each in one pass. Skilled.

Now, of course, if I had ever had the good sense to ask either Martha or Liz about the above techniques, they’d say, “Well, of course,” and slap me on my forehead. We even have special sabiki-rig rods in stock which makes jigging even easier. I’m buying one today. Maybe I should take my tuna mack bridle gear with me along the beach from now on.


Gordon Sims and Son

Worked hard for a dozen macs, and got to plum island beachfront mid incoming tide. Immediately see birds going nuts and fish boiling by the sand bars 1/4 mile south of the jetty. First cast hooked up with the Hogy peanut bunker I bought the day before at Surfland. A decent size fish that got away at the boat.

Set up for trolling macs and caught these at about 10:45 and 11:45. Mine was around 35 and my son’s was 44 inches, and too heavy for him to hold up. Both fish were released quickly and swam away.

Shark Week is over.

When you see this fin pattern and movement, relax. It’s not a shark, it’s a Giant Ocean Sunfish, also know as a Mola-Mola.

More trivia of interest, A face only a mother could love and at 2.5 tons a good eater.
Bob MacLean


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