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Strange pattern mackeral

Postby eoghanb » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:23 pm

Got a few mackeral last night and one caught my eye ,is this an unusual pattern and has anyone got many of themImageImage


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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby kieran » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:22 am

its a variant, known locally as a Spanish mackerel
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby ShaneH » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:25 pm

That's not a Spanish mackeral. It's just a bog standard mackeral with slightly different but not uncommon markings
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby eoghanb » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:05 pm

I knew it was a normal mackeral ,just the markings are different ,I've heard about them before just never noticed any ,just wondering how common they were
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby guts » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:37 pm

there a few differant types of mack that can be caught in ireland i thinks its 3 look it up google
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby jayh1982 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:41 pm

caught a few myself like that last night nothing unusual bout em .
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby kieran » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:37 pm

ShaneH wrote:That's not a Spanish mackeral. It's just a bog standard mackeral with slightly different but not uncommon markings


quite right too, sorry.
What I meant to say was that its called a Spanish mackerel by some locals...
serves me right for not checking what I type! :oops:
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby rushnaldo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:53 pm

We get chub mackerel here

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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby Rob Millard » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:40 pm

Was in Croatia a few weeks back and the mackerel we were catching for livebaits looked like that. Went fishing on the east coast of Australia several years ago and we used what they call slimey mackerel as livebaits. They were identical to our Mackerel only they had black spots instead of black stripes.
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Strange pattern mackeral

Postby eoghanb » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:02 pm

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Definitely not a chub mackeral ,the mack I got looks the same as a normal one only it has squiggles instead of bars,that's a chub on the bottom compared to an Atlantic mackeral


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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby chuckaroo » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:28 pm

chuckaroo wrote:We can expect to catch 2 types of mackerel in Ireland: the Atlantic Mackerel and the Atlantic Chub Mackerel.

Atlantic Mackerel:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_mackerel
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/Species ... c+mackerel

Atlantic Chub Mackerel:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_chub_mackerel
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/Species ... b+mackerel

The Atlantic mackerel migrates to and from the north Atlantic and into and out of Irish and UK waters, it would be the more commonly caught species. The Atlantic Chub mackerel on the other hand migrates to and from the Mediterranean and would be caught less often

Another species to add to the species count..?? :)


Having said that.. I'd be pretty sure that the two mack in the original picture, at the start of the topic, are both just Atlantic mackerel Scomber scombrus, with just different markings.
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby mickser » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:19 pm

Well done lads but does it matter I have eaten them all and they taste exactly the same LOVELY
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Re: Strange pattern mackeral

Postby Eoghan » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:49 am

We used to catch these years ago in Wicklow when I was a teenager. They were usually greener looking, really bright green, wider, had different patterns to the normal mackerel you see and were always larger. Weirdly enough you only tended to get one at a time and I dont recall every seeing anyone taking more than that, even when feathers were used. They were well sought after as the fight from one was usually epic. Brings back some memories :-)
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