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 (surface-dwelling) species between Perth and Dampier. They fish for mackerel species using a range of gears 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 size and daily bag limits. See the table below. Undersized fish must be returned to the water gently straight away.
In addition, fishers using a powered boat require a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence.
Bag and size limits
Daily bag limits
For example, on one day, one fisher could take three Spanish mackerel or one mahi mahi and two Spanish mackerel. 'Daily' means from midnight to midnight.
For other large pelagic species, see the large pelagic finfish bag and size limit table.
As well as a daily bag limit, a possession limit applies. For more information about possession limits and general fishing rules, see our Statewide Recreational fishing guide 2013.