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2020/2021 Spanish mackerel report

Wanted to start a thread on Spanish mackerel report that we can update throughout the winter/spring run. I’ll be going to pecks lake in 2 weeks to check it out. A little early but Those mackerels are a life saver when you take the wife out or guest with ADHD.

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  • FrydaddyFrydaddy Boynton BeachPosts: 617 Officer
    never been. I keep telling my self I'm gonna take my kids but never do😔
  • hhfishermanhhfisherman Posts: 160 Deckhand
    It's still early. The Spanish mac migration not start until around Thanksgiving week.
  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 845 Officer
    Frydaddy said:
    never been. I keep telling my self I'm gonna take my kids but never do😔
    Since you are coming from Boynton, to save you frustration and laughs on this site, they call it "Peck's Lake" but Peck's Lake is actually in the ICW, the old inlet.  What they are referring to is "The Kingfish Hole", in the ocean, give or take 1/2 mile from the beach and about two to three miles south of St. Lucie Inlet.  It is very east to find, look for the flotilla of boats, hundreds.  If they are not there, don't waste your time, the Mac Attack will not be happening.  Be sure to bring about ten, 1/2 ounce, green Gulfstream Glass Minnow Jigs per person.  They work the best.  When arriving, please don't pull behind anchored boats or drive behind them.  Anchored boats are chumming up the school of Mac's and casting to them, if you drive to their stern, you will spook the school.  Be courteous.  Throw your jig as far as you can, let it drop to bottom, reel as fast as you can.  Halfway in, stop, let it drop, jig it and begin reeling fast again.  If you don't catch one, reel faster next time, you can't reel too fast.  I think that might have it covered.  It is great for kids, newbies, owners of smokers/fish dip makers, and fresh they are great grilled or fried(healthy choice).  
  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,537 Admiral
    We use to kill them just north of Spanish River Blvd near the beaches off of Highland Beach.  Used small green fluorescent jigs with about a foot of wire.  Got our limit a few times there.  This was about 8 years ago so who knows if the still migrate there.
  • Tidal TownTidal Town Posts: 43 Deckhand
    Save yourself some money. The glass minnow jigs are a few bucks a piece x 10 jigs per person. Just buy some 1/4 oz or bigger lead head jigs and some small white or chartreuse Mister Twister soft plastics. For about $5.00, you can have a dozen or so jigs for the day. 
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,479 Officer

    ADHD  that is funny !  
    I had a fishing buddy for 20 years and it finally dawned on me that he was ADHD
    and that explained so many things he would do when fishing on his boat that drove me nuts.
    (I verified this with a relative of his who confided that he had this problem since 
    childhood.)
    Giimoozaabi
  • JWPBJWPB West Palm BeachPosts: 248 Deckhand
    I've caught a few cero off of boynton when not paying attention and troll into 65ft vs making a turn.  Nothing like St Lucie but they are around and hit the same baits youd have out for mahi if you make it through the bonita. 
    Jupiter 29FS
  • DrCokeDrCoke Posts: 159 Deckhand
    Due to weather decided to opt out of SLI and go out of lake worth inlet, plenty of mullet in palm beach but waves were easy 2 to 4 feet. Needless to say it didn’t work out. Will cancel tomorrow’s trip too. Try again next week.
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,479 Officer
    edited October 8 #11
    Just by looking at the Dania Pier cam i could see lots of macks being caught on 10/8/20.
    Giimoozaabi
  • DrCokeDrCoke Posts: 159 Deckhand
    Just by looking at the Dania Pier cam i could see lots of macks being caught on 10/8/20.
    Thanks for the tip with the report and pier cam. Will try this Thursday.
  • DrCokeDrCoke Posts: 159 Deckhand
    10/15 no Spanish at pecks lake, did find slot cobia just north in deeper waters. Terrible weather today. Looks like 2-4 very close together.
  • hhfishermanhhfisherman Posts: 160 Deckhand
    It's still early for them at Pecks lake. They started to show up around the Thanksgiving weekend.
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