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Mackerel recreational fishing

Spanish mackerel is a popular target for recreational fishers; it’s good to eat and also a light game fish known for its fighting ability.

Recreational fishers mainly target this offshore pelagic species between Perth and Dampier. They fish for mackerel species using gear and methods including trolls (baited lines drawn behind boats), shore-based drift fishing with balloons, and spear guns.

We manage recreational fishing for this species through measures including size and daily bag limits. If fishing with the use of a powered vessel, a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence is required.

Information on fishing rules for Spanish mackerel including size and bag limits can be found online or in our Statewide Recreational fishing guide.  

Last modified: 3/02/2017 2:56 PM

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