PSegnatelli

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I've never seen a live mack in CT/LIS.  I'm mainly in the western half but have fished east of the CT river a few times. 

Why?  Are they ever here ?  

I'd love to get some.  Love eating them.  

 

 

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9 mins ago, snapper head said:

They were prevalent in the 70s early 80s. You could fill a garbage can with them. This year was the first I've heard since them. Maybe their on a comeback.

One of my earliest memories from the 70s is my neighbor bringing over  a garbage can full of mackerel for my family that he jigged  in Long Island Sound.  I don't know if the disappearance is because of the warmer water or people taking garbage cans full.

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What I don't get is people catch them outta the sound. 

 

Just seems weird to me.  We don't even have a regulation for them and we have a reg for red drum!

 

20 mins ago, snapper head said:

They were prevalent in the 70s early 80s. You could fill a garbage can with them. This year was the first I've heard since them. Maybe their on a comeback.

Where abouts?  Anything close to shore?  

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4 hours ago, PSegnatelli said:

Are they ever here ? 

They show up thick in the Bight for a couple weeks in April.

I wouldn't waste my time snagging bunker on the north shore.

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23 mins ago, CharlieCompany said:

They show up thick in the Bight for a couple weeks in April.

I wouldn't waste my time snagging bunker on the north shore.

Bight??

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5 hours ago, PSegnatelli said:

I've never seen a live mack in CT/LIS.  I'm mainly in the western half but have fished east of the CT river a few times. 

Why?  Are they ever here ?  

I'd love to get some.  Love eating them.  

 

 

Chub mackerel were in very thick last year, caught them from boat and shore. Late July and early August they showed up, before the big wave of bonito came and squatted.  Hard to chase on land especially since they feed on such small bait but by boat it's a little easier.

 

Last one I caught from shore was in Sept in the picture with all the bluefish. 

 

Eastern CT is where I fish

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That last pic is makin my mouth water! I'm thinkin sashimi. 

 

Hopefully last year's run is a trend continues on!  I need to fish the east more.  

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10 hours ago, PSegnatelli said:

That last pic is makin my mouth water! I'm thinkin sashimi. 

 

Hopefully last year's run is a trend continues on!  I need to fish the east more.  

This picture should have you drooling then :howdy:

 

The chub macks that came around were very thick

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During the late 70s and early 80s they often came into the sound. Most of us thought they came up the East River, since the western sound had then long before the east end of LI. All you wanted, fish till your arms fall off.  They stayed until the bluefish chased them out.Stupid fishing!

After the mid 80s it just stopped. Mack populations were way down. Now the populations are getting back up there. Now we even have the cubb Mack’s in the summer.

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You will know when they are around. All of a sudden it sounds like somebody turned the shower on with the tub full of water. And loud! Thousands of macks crashing the surface in waves then vanishing to pop up a few hundred feet away. 

 

Funny story I was in the middle of cooking the fish in the picture with 8 fish when I decided to Google the CT state record for chub mackerel- turns out every fish I just cleaned would have been the record. Oh well

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