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Mackerel off the Hook.

Post by wayland on Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:56 am

By and large its been a disappointing season off the Hook co Wexford. We have been out a few times and although I have enough fish to process, it has not been good. The last trip we were about four miles out and the finder was mostly blank. Even the Pollock was scarce. Total haul was two Mackerel and two Pollock. This was divided by three Rolling Eyes . So whats happened to them. Last year we would fill the boat in no time. Ho Hum.
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Post by DizandStell on Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:38 am

Any idea why Wayland? Have you spoken to other fisherman are they having similar problems? Don't know if it's any different up this way, I will have to ask around.
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Post by Monst on Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:40 am

the last time we had this problem, it was due to the chinese trawler up of the coast of iceland, taking the mack by the ton. That was the last time I was able to go fishing a number of years ago
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Post by wayland on Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:36 am

Monst wrote:the last time we had this problem, it was due to the chinese trawler up of the coast of iceland, taking the mack by the ton. That was the last time I was able to go fishing a number of years ago

Interesting Monst. My neighbors sister lives in Iceland and she reports that Mackerel have been landed by the hundreds of tons there. Maybe they migrated further north this year for some reason.Crying or Very sad
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Post by wayland on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:31 am

We had our first trip out off Hook Head. I know its a bit early for the Mackerel run but we got two and a rake of Pollock.
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Post by wayland on Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:15 am

Where are the Mak`s? Very scarce this year. I hope this is not a trend with another species under threat. Still Pollack and Cod etc but only a couple of Mackerel per trip.
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Post by marlin vs on Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:59 am

I was out  off Ballymacaw last Thursday and only caught eight for four hours fishing.

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Post by wayland on Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:44 am

We tried off the Hook again a few days ago and still very few Mac`s. We had eight good size fish and about twenty undersized ones, we only had a few Pollock as well Crying or Very sad. They are being caught off the rocks at Hook head and the Slade but not in large numbers. I hope this is not a trend for the future.
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Post by wayland on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:07 am

We went out again yesterday to fish up the spring tide. We started fishing up the estuary and caught a couple. We then spent the next five hours charging about eyes glued to the fishfinder. The box now had about ten mak`s and seven pollock. As the tide turned we noticed a lot of bird activity along the scum line that marks the two waters of the estuary. Following the birds we were into good fish at last. At the end of they day we had one and a half boxes of Mackerel and a box of Pollock. Thats better! So the moral to this tail is:- To hell with the fish finder, follow the birds. I had a surprise while having a cup of tea. I tied a huge hook to me trace and put an undersized Mak on it and left it mid water. While drinking tea and chatting to the lads all hell broke loose as line was torn from my reel. My tea went up in the air as I grabbed me rod! Whatever it was was just intent on violence! With line being stripped off me reel and me doing my best to keep a footing the line went slack and it was gone. Our skipper called out. It's a Tope about eighty pounds!. I never got eyes on it sadly, it had bitten through my fifty pound trace. I will use wire next time. A good day.
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Post by wayland on Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:12 am

The mackerel are here in abundance now and I have well enough to last till xmas. Any left after this just get used as bait. There are also a number of good sized tope for the sporting types. We have been into a few of them but not one landed. I am not particularly interested in them as they are not a food source, but it does get your blood pumping if one is on your line!. I have a number of small macs in the freezer for bait. Perhaps some nice bass off the rocks.
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Post by wayland on Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:09 am

So we have a ban on taking Bass! Its is fine if you are a commercial fisherman and take then in their hundreds, but the odd one taken by the likes of meself! So how is this ban going to do any good? I am all for conservation, so why not ban the taking of Bass altogether? As to the Mac`s. I am having trouble giving them away and will try not to catch anymore. We are planning the next trip over sand and try for some flatties.
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