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Shoaling mackerel at the surface

Observed: 18th September 2013 By: nightflynightfly is knowledgeable about Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fish
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Species with which Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) interacts

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gramandy's picture

only really got this from pic 1

...could of course also be horse mackerel from this pic

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Hi Gramandy, The distinctive

Hi Gramandy,

The distinctive barred pattern on the backs is just about visible in the first and 3rd images. Horse mackerel dont share this pattern with this species. We caught a good few of these, they are one fish that isnt very difficult to catch once youve found them as you probably know yourself.

Cathal.

gramandy's picture

i agree..

...and what flavour - have you tried baking on a bed of cucumber delicious. Also agree about the zigzag - I was thinking more of pic 2 - more difficult to discern. Did you catch a fistful - i'm jealous.

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Yes it wouldnt be possible to

Yes it wouldnt be possible to distinguish their species from th 2nd pic but it was added to show the density of the fish just under the boat. I havent tried the bed of cucumber but I will. Not bad barbequed or grilled, filleted and drizzled with olive oil and chilli flakes. A friend grills the fillet with a smear of marmalade over the flesh side, thats another way I plan to try also.

We caught enough to give away to quite a few people, it took a couple of hours to clean them all in the dark immediately on gettin ashore, with a beer of course. Without a cold room to put them in overnight its better to get them cleaned or filleted asap after capture to preserve the quality, especially if givng to friends. dont freeze them any more as they are just not the same once frozen.

Cathal.

gramandy's picture

skin....

....toxic too and not helped by freezing - causes scombroid poisoning (think that's how it's spelt).