Identification Methods
Distinctive bold, striped, back with a firm, torpedo shaped body. Two dorsal fins spaced a few centimetres apart and an anal fin perpendicular to the second dorsal fin. They are found in large shoals and are beautifully blue and green coloured with bright flashing silver. As they are widely used as bait fish for other, larger species they are largely overlooked as being a source of sport in their own right. It has been known for mackerel to take a silver hook but the most common method is to use a line of hooks with feathers. Caught mainly from a boat they can occasionally be taken from the shore but their presence can be hard to predict.