The Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), is a pelagic schooling species of mackerel found on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Mackerel is by far the most common of the ten species of the family that are caught in British waters. It is extremely common in huge shoals migrating towards the coast to feed on small fish and prawns during the summer.
Abundant in cold and temperate shelf areas, it forms large schools near the surface. They overwinter in deeper waters but move closer to shore in spring when water temperatures range between 11–14 °C (52–57 °F).
A young mackerel is referred to as a Joey. It is a favourite meal for Sea Bass along the inland UK waters, especially in the surf. Fishin Addict has just launched a Joey Mackerel pattern swimbait, perfect for catching big bass. Don’t forget to stick to the MSL 40cm (Minimum Size Limit) of those Bass you keep for the pan. My favourite recipe is here Pan-fried spicy sea bass with gorgonzola mash and fresh pesto http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/panfriedspicyseabass_84628
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New English record Pike was landed last weekend bending the scales to a massive 46lb 11oz.
Wyndon Coole waited three hours on the bank, before his dead bait trout bait was taken, fished at a depth of 14ft.
The monster catch was caught in at Wykeham Lakes near Scarborough in East Yorkshire and it is the largest pike ever caught in England.
Mr Coole, said “… as I started reel it in there was just no give in it and I knew it was a very heavy fish. It was like a dead weight…I was really chuffed‘
Many fishermen fully expect the 20 year old record British pike record could be broken this year. Former record holder Neville Fickling said ‘This fish is by far the biggest known pike in the country and has demonstrated its ability to keep growing. If it gets caught again in the next few weeks then there’s every chance it will break the British record.‘
TOP 10 BRITISH PIKE
– 46lb 13oz – Roy Lewis, Llandegfedd Reservoir, 1992
– 46lb 11oz – Wyndon Coole, Wykeham Trout Lake, 2014
– 46lb 8oz – Allen Stewart, Oaks Fishery, Northern Ireland, 2005
– 46lb – Andy O’Connor, Wykeham Trout Lake, 2012
– 46lb – Alan Hewitt, East Anglian Gravel Pit, 2007
– 45lb 15oz – Darren Willingham, Barnes Fishery, 1998
– 45lb 14oz – Wyndon Coole, Wykeham Trout Lake, 2011
– 45lb 8oz – John Goble, River Thurne, 2009
– 45lb 6oz – Gareth Edwards, Llandegfedd Reservoir, 1989
– 45lb – P. Cruise, Lough Leane, 1956
Following massive downpours and floods in some place of the UK, the water was always going to be tough with low visibility. Luckily there was no rain on the day but bright spells to keep us warm on the bank. It was not until the end of the day that I changed to the FISHIN ADDICT ‘Super Bright swimbait’ that we saw any action. Casting under an over hanging tree, my lure was struck like a thunderbolt. After a bit of a fight a 10.5 lb Zander was in the net.
Chris Howell, 10.5lb Zander