Grey Mackerel

Grey mackerelGrey mackerel or Broad-bar as they are commonly known are a sought after game fish by recreational anglers.

Large surface feeding schools of broad-bar can provide exciting fishing when casting metal slugs and surface poppers.

Other Names: Scomberomorus semifasciatus, Broad-bar, Broad-barred macks.
Location: Offshore, around rocky points and headlands.
Season: Grey mackerel are more prolific in the cooler dry season months.
Method: Threadline outfits in the 4kg to 6kg range are an excellent choice for casting metal slugs or fast trolling small hard-bodied minnows. Often found in large schools where fishing can be fast and furious. Maximum size about 10 kg, but 4-6kg fish are more common.
Regulations: For up-to-date regulations, check out the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries .
Eating: Grey mackerel have firm white flesh and are a very good table fish when eaten fresh and should be bled and iced down immediately after capture.