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February 2016

Fishy Files: King Mackerel

By Galveston-Fishing

Before you go Galveston fishing, it’s good to know a thing or two about your expected catch.

Their colors vary from a dark iridescent to a bluish-green with silver on their sides. The body is streamlined with a tapered head.
Young mackerel often have yellow colored spots, similar to one’s found on the Spanish mackerel. Two dorsal fins can wrap back into a channel to enhance speed, small pectoral fins on each side following the head; pelvic fins under the pectorals and a row of small finlets reach from the dorsal and anal fins to the tailpiece.

King Mackerel can be located both nearshore and offshore. They can be found near piers and deep out at sea.

King Mackerel are schooling fish that migrates from waters in South Florida during winter and north in spring. They spawn offshore in mid-summer. The Gulf’s mackerel population is considered to be separate from the Atlantic population. The different populations are believed to mix in the winter months from east central Florida southward past Key West.

Fishing Tips and Facts:
Mackerels originally belong to the tuna family and are a Western Atlantic species. Although the Kings don’t have the bearing of tuna, they are unmatched in their speed and dexterity.

King Mackerel forage for small fish and squid and will go for both artificial and natural baits. Live baits include ballyhoo, herring, pogies, Spanish sardine, and mullet. Lures should be ornate sub-surface lures or large fish-like plugs.

Here at FishSeaPlay, we will give you a run-down of what’s out in the water that day and the best ways to get a big catch. To book a fishing trip aboard one of our sportsfishing boats contact us here.

5 Tips to Help Catch More Fish

By Galveston-Fishing

For beginners, whether you are fishing in Galveston for red snapper, flounder, blue marlin, or bull red it’s good to know a few tips before getting out on the water. Here are a few basic pointers aimed at first timers or people new to fishing:

1. Use as small of a sinker as you can. When fishing, you want to feel the fish biting so you can strike quickly on the line and set the hook in. If you’re fishing in waters less than five meters deep, you might not need to use a sinker because the baits weight will cause the line to sink.

2. Target a particular fish species. After determining what species of fish you are going after, set your rigs and choose bait accordingly.

3. Fish at sunrise or sunset. You are more likely to have success in catching a fish if you go out at sunrise or sunset because almost all fish tend to feed at this time.

4. Burley or Chum up. Burleying/Chumming is a sure way to attract fish and keep them around. If you have a consistent supply of burley, you will have a steady supply of fish.

5. Research and use the proper size hook for the fish you are targeting. You may think a huge hook will result in a huge catch, but it’s better to use as small of a hook as you can for the best outcome.

Come aboard with Sea Play Sportsfishing! All of our charter boats are well-equipped with quality fishing gear and the best bait available. Our fishing charters are perfect for anyone beginner to expert angler. Contact us here for availability, we look forward to seeing you on the water!

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