Blackfish (tautog), wreck fishing chartersStriped bass (stripers) charters, trolling and chunking Karen Ann II - New Jersey Charter Boat35' Custom Downeast Sportfisherman / New Jersey Charterboat Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, chunking and trolling, inshore and canyonMako shark, offshore fishing
  Wrecks - Bottom - Trolling - Inshore - Offshore 23 April 2018
(Click to read)

Atlantic Mackerel
Scomber scombrusa

Common Names: tinker mackerel
W. Atlantic Range: Gulf of St. Lawrence to Cape Hatteras
  Atlantic Mackerel
Click to Enlarge

The Atlantic Mackerel has a distinctively patterned back, brilliantly colored in blues and greens with black striping. The dark, oily meat of the Mackerel isn't much for table fare, but makes great bait for bluefish, summer flounder, sharks and many other species.

Mackerel make a run up the coast in early spring, passing through New Jersey waters through the month of April. The mackerel don't generally stay in one place anymore than a few days, a week at most. They are steaming up the cost looking for cooler water and trying to stay ahead of the hungry bluefish that are right on their tails.

Mackerel are caught using Mackerel "trees", four and five hook rigs with small hooks and colored teasers, with about a 6-oz. jig at the bottom. Most fish are foul hooked as the Mackerel is usually trying to bat the teaser out of its path.

  Local Forecast
  Marine Forecasts
  Tropical Weather
  NDBC Marine Data
  Stevens CMN
  Rutgers COOL Data
  Local Tide Chart

  NJ State Regs
  Federal CFR
  HMS Permits/Info

  NOAA Fisheries

  NMFS Northeast
    Regional Office

  Atlantic States MFC
  Mid-Atlantic FMC