How to Rig a Spanish Mackerel as a Trolled Bait

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Now, Back to Business.  Lets Talk About How to Rig A Spanish Mackerel as a Trolled Bait.

Well, I have not been able to get offshore recently, but I have been using my time wisely.  I have been catching all sorts of bait and getting ready for future trips.  There have been lots of LY in the bays and bayous and they are filling up the freezer.  I also have been getting big mullet and I’ll rig one of those up in a future post.  I also caught some Spanish Mackerel and made up a video of how  to rig that up with a J-Hook and a mono leader.  It comes out like this:

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These are not as tough to rig as mullet, but for sure more of a chore than ballyhoo.  You need a deboning tool to get the backbone out.  This makes the fish limber so it swims nicely in the water.  Its a two piece tool that looks like this:

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You debone with the larger tube and then insert the smaller dowel inside to clear the bone out of the tube.

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You also need a rigging needle. I have done a few of these before, but not a lot so one thing I learned is that the open eye (bottom one in below image) needle I used was a bad choice.  I should have used one with a closed eye like the one on top in the below photo.

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Generally I prefer the open eye as it is easier to thread the floss on, but here I was using the floss to sew the belly of the Spanish closed and as I went over prior threads, I was catching them with the needle.  You will see in the video.

The day before I rigged up the bait, I put it in a saltwater brine to toughen it up.  It’s just ice water and a commercial brine mix (Bionic, Baitmasters etc…).  I have also just used kosher salt before and that works fine.  What is really good is to mix saltwater brine in your ice box on the boat and put the fish in there immediately when you catch them.  It really locks in their natural colors. Here is the mullet in the brine solution:

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OK, so here is the video of the whole process.  Hope you enjoy.

Now you know how to rig a Spanish for trolling so no excuse not to get out there to catch ’em up!

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