Mackerel are always fun to catch. They are a true pelagic fish in that they are continuously swimming and feeding. They hit just about any lure or bait presented to them, however some techniques are more fun and productive than others. Micro jigging is a technique that is very productive and can prove very successful for mackerel. A micro Jig is a metal jig ranging anywhere from 3 grams up to 20 grams. They can be used in a multiple of ways according to each one’s design. However, let’s talk about the standard micro jig. Below is an Image of a standard Jig made by AllBlue. It is a cheap, effective alternative to other more expensive metal jigs of the same quality. This Jig catches a lot of mackerel!
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What makes these jigs so effective at catching fish is that they are versatile and can be fished in three different ways. This type of jig can be fished with a straight retrieve on the surface or subsurface but it’s effectiveness increases if it is jigged. To jig, cast it out, let it sink, and twitch upwards while reeling in the slack line with a continuous jerking action. Between each jerk wait for one second while you reel in the slack. Doing so gives time for the jig to have a flutter. During the fall, the lure mimics an injured fish and also makes the jig itself flash, making it visible throughout the water, and attracting the mackerel. If the mackerel are breaking the surface when feeding, try a fast wind, skipping the jig on the surface. If they are subsurface then try a straight retrieve. If they are depth then jig.
Below will be a selection of AllBlue jigs I use and have proven to be really good for mackerel:
The first jig is called the AllBlue Drager SSZ (Super Slim Zinc), comes in both 20 and 30 grams, they’re rear weighted and super slim. Meaning, it’s specifically made for shore casting, it casts a mile! Additionally it is made of zinc allowing a super slim profile. Finally, the coating on this is very durable. The action on this is very good it sinks quick, and rises up quick and also works on a straight retrieve.
The next jig I like to use is called AllBlue Drager Slow, it comes in both 20 and 30 grams. This jig is great when the bite is slow, simply cast let it sink to the bottom and do long jerks upwards and retrieve the slack line. It’s specialty is it’s slow fall fluttering action. Achieved by it’s asymmetrical body and wider profile. Allowing more time for the mackerel to get close and swallow it.
Our next jig, and it’s my all rounder jig, is called simply the Drager, centred weight and comes with a minimum of 15 and up to 60 grams. Its center balance weight is perfect for almost all situations and it simply never fails. Easy to use as well. Jig it or use it as a spoon. Usually, 15 and 20 grams are great shore casting jigs, due to their ease of use.
Another Good option is The AllBlue Wahoo. Also available in 20 and 30 grams, they offer much like what the standard Drager jig offers. Also a great option for mackerel.
Mackerel tend to eat anything and colours won’t matter too much but they’ve shown to prefer silvery and bright flashy colours such as zebra glow. Also, it’s best for small and medium sized mackerel to use 10, 15 and 20 gram sizes.
Here are some Images of these jigs in action! They work on all pelagic species… bonito, tuna, spanish mackerel, false albacore, etc.
I hope you have found this useful, I will review other lures in the near future
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