Spinning for Mackerel
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Spinning for mackerel has to be one of the best ways to kill some time on a summer's evening. So we decided to take a visit to the point at Caerfai Bay in Pembrokeshire on a August evening.

Loaded only with a carp rod and reel, 12lb main line and a handfull of spinners we headed out to the point. The sea here is very clear so you can see the rocks in the water to avoid and there is always a chance of the odd pollock or bass turning up which is great on light tackle.

The sea was very calm so getting close to the water's edge was never a danger and helps when you are spinning. As modelled by Dave below.

To find the makerel I usually start by casting at full casting distance and bring in the spinner in at different speeds. Also letting it sink a little bit more every cast untill you feel it hit the sand. This alows you to cover all the water from the sand to the surface. Then chose different angles to cast out at, and this will cover all of the water infront of you and catch the eye of a hungry Mackerel.

As for which spinner to use, to be honest they all work and you can buy a basic makerel spinner for about 50p. The ones we were using cost about £4 and are a little heavier so alows you to cast out further so the choice is up to you.

When you get a Makerel take your spinner you will know about it. They go off like a rocket and you may be supprised on the size of the fish you have on the end when it comes to the surface. If you hit a shoal of Mackerel you could end up with one a cast so its worth walking up and down the rocks trying various places at various depths.

They make great bait of course but a couple of Mackerel wrapped in foil on the barbie does the trick.

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