With more warm weather in the forecast, the macs are sure to stay around for a few more weeks. I'm answering some backchannel messages with this report and will attach photos showing the way I make lures I cast for Spainards. To be sure, any flashy lure will work with spanish and my ideas aren't any better than anyone else. I think there has been some very good advice on the board this year from fishermen who are consistently targeting and catching them in the Bay on the cast. Since I always lose a lot of lures to bluefish bite offs, I try to make them as inexpensively as possible. We're getting Spanish on the cast by running the hard bottoms inside a large triangle that is roughly Chesapeake Beach to Black Walnut Point then north to Kent Point. The first object is to find breaking fish, then move from pod to pod until we find the ones with the best concentrations of macs. Casting long and reeling fast, the second best cast is the one that doesn't catch a bluefish or dink rockfish.
Making Spanish Mackerel lures has been contributed by Shawn Kimbro who is a regular contributor to TidalFish.com and can be found chasing fish all around Maryland waters with light tackle in his Judge center console fishing machine. You can read the original forum post where this article originated along with comments from other Tidal Fish members on the Maryland Saltwater Fishing Forum