Prolific Spanish mackerel?

The Bluewater metro report this week suggested that "Spanish mackerel are prolific..."

We spent nearly three hours or so trolling the West End yesterday. Conditions were good with the water temp around 22.5 degrees, clean blue water and little to no weed so hopes were high. Baitfish on the sounder were sitting lower in the water column so we used deep divers of various colours, Halco and X-Raps but had no luck.

I realise that a three hour trawl is not putting in much time but here have been no recent reports from members on here of Spaniards so how prolific are they at the moment?


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Hmmm, "prolific"..

Sun, 2018-02-04 12:26

 Some tackle stores go a bit far in trying to generate enthusiasm,( and sell lures ) methinks..

They haven't been prolific up here this year, in fact they have been more or less totally absent--must'v decided to bypass us, although I haven't been updated on the last few days, as I' m away at work.

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 A report of one off point

Sun, 2018-02-04 13:27

 A report of one off point Peron towards 5fb yesterday and a work colleague was getting them off fremantle on Friday though he seemed to put a few hours in before they woke up.

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Same here day before

Sun, 2018-02-04 17:29

Put in a similar effort on Friday near West End with ideal conditions. Lots of baitfish and birds working but no luck trolling. Eventually gave up and did reasonably well bottom bashing south of Rotto on way home. 

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Yesterday

Sun, 2018-02-04 17:43

 We trolled behind the reef from Two Rocks up towards Moore River from sunrise, and then later in the day on the top of the Bank for not even a hit. Had high hopes too

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 Send em your fuel bill?That

Sun, 2018-02-04 17:57

 Send em your fuel bill?

That will teach them for putting a dubious report up!!!

No pics = no proof.

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Report

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:22

Its definately not a dubious report. Plenty of macks arouns atm

Most people are keeping the pics close rather than plastering them over the internet

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 I think prolific may be the

Sun, 2018-02-04 20:07

 I think prolific may be the incorrect word to use, prolific is what the salmon where in the metro last year. 

I don't take much notice of the fishing reports from any stores sorry. Can't say I've seen many pictures on Macks on any FB pages either.

Was up Kalbarri 2 weeks ago 24 degree water, more bait then you would believe, trolled skirts and deep divers for not even a touch.

 

Be interesting to see what happens over the next month.

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Catches

Sun, 2018-02-04 20:43

Has been catches of half dozen fish per session in some boats. I'm happy calling that prolific for Perth 

So much bait in the metro atm. 

 

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Trolled direction bank

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:12

 For almsot 15 mile today with a witch doctor and two lures and didnt get a nudge prolific me bum! Haha  heaps of flying fish and bait around though so they would be out there somewhere

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 why go all way to bank to

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:23

 why go all way to bank to troll? smash that 3 mile out to 30m mark 

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Super blue blood moon

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:20

A few stragglers here and there have been reported. My advice, wait 2 weeks..., they’ll fire up then. 

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Why are you mooning people?

Mon, 2018-02-05 01:53

 sssh, scotto knows the special handshake!!!

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secret squirrel shit

Tue, 2018-02-06 09:26

and by the time everyone catches onto it, and the pictures start showing on facey and FW, it'll already be too late!

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Bait ...

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:23

 I seen a heap of gardies bolting round when I 

was cruising out and on my way in ! I was in 

close chasing squid ! Like the boat trav ! 

Goodluck up north working and Fishin mate

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Hey

Sun, 2018-02-04 18:26

 Cheers pirate yeah she goes alright man and yeah heaps of bait around hey and gilly went to direction bank for some bottom bouncing got bored so decided on a troll

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some people might be putting in the time

Sun, 2018-02-04 22:38

 but doesn't mean you were in the right place at the right time had the lure swimming in the correct depth , trolling the current line or in the ideal water temp. 

 

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what time are you

Mon, 2018-02-05 07:55

what time are you trolling?
we have picked up a few over the years at the west end and its always at the crack of dawn

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Not early enough

Mon, 2018-02-05 20:23

Started around 8:30.

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I went for a troll out of

Mon, 2018-02-05 09:13

I went for a troll out of Mindarie on Saturday and managed to get a SBF tuna near the Gemini wreck. We headed out to direction bank after that and saw some bird action and managed to get a double hookup of striped tuna. Didn't see any mackeral around, but they usually hang out where the tuna are.

 

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Most metro spaniards....

Mon, 2018-02-05 10:25

 ...are coming on trolled baits, not lures. Which is usually the case.

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  sometimes gotta think

Tue, 2018-02-06 09:56

  sometimes gotta think outside the box. When the water gets warmer and they fire up they'll smash fast divers behind boats. Till then a slow perfectly presented swim bait is the go. Presentation is the key 

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Had a few

Mon, 2018-02-05 11:29

We had a few around the boat last weekend - anchored, burleyed and could see them charging through the trail every now and then.

 

Put a stickbait out and missed a hookup and couple of follows before they vanished - was spewing. 

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Yeah there's none around 

Mon, 2018-02-05 16:58

Yeah there's none around 

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 They are a complete myth,

Tue, 2018-02-06 09:57

 They are a complete myth, bedtime stories to tell the kids

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Most of the biggies come out of the burley trail

Tue, 2018-02-06 14:03

 At west end anytime of day or around reefs etc.bit more laid back just drifting a mulie out the back but when one hits you'll  know about it. Deep divers will catch there share.

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Back in 2010

Tue, 2018-02-06 14:22

 Macks were everywhere of mindarie, love to see it like that again, one morning we had 8 by 10am.keep 2. One boat got 16 oneday

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macks

Tue, 2018-02-06 16:10

 uncle you are right , we caught and mostly released over 20 one morning  a few years back behind staggies , poppers , stickbaits you name it it was on! all 12-18kg too !