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New daily bag limit of 20 mackerel is now in affect.

Minimum size is 26.8 cm [10.55 in]
 

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I found this from: Pelagics

A person may engage in recreational fishing for mackerel with a handline or by angling without a licence. As Gary stated above"
daily bag limit of 20 mackerel is now in affect.
Minimum size is 26.8 cm [10.55 in]". And that's measured from the nose tip to the v in the tail (not the tip of the tail fin).

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Mackerel
Photo Credit: Gilbert van Ryckevorsel

Season Dates

Open season April 1 to December 31 in tidal waters

Gear Restrictions

Handline and angling are permitted.

Limits
  • The daily bag limit is 20.
  • The minimum mackerel size that may be retained is 26.8 cm.
Areas

All tidal waters

Licensing

No licence required
 

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Out today in Halifax Harbour looking for fish. A bit too early but was a nice day to check.

No fish caught or seen on fish finder.

Water temp 7.2C
 

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Out yesterday in Halifax Harbour with friend John
Caught 20 keepers each and 12 releasers
Water Temp 13,5
 

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Out today behind McNab's island with John
Caught 32 keepers between the 2 of us and 53 releasers
15 pollock released
Water Temp 11.2 C
 

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Out today off McNabs lighthouse.
Caught 20 keepers and 4 releasers.
Caught and release 37 pollocks
 

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Out today around Sleepy Cove.
Caught 20 keepers and 19 releasers.
Off McNabs light house.
Caught and release 1 cod and 25 pollock
Water temp 14.8 C
 

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Out today off McNab's lighthouse
Caught 20 keepers and 27 releasers.
Water temp 16.6 C
 

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Gary!

Thanks for all these posts! I followed them all last year each day and have started following this year now too. Much appreciated. What are you using to catch these if you don't mind me asking? I spent mid Aug through October trying to catch them with almost no luck. The people around Sheet harbour said the water was too warm from the intense heat. Hoping things are a bit better this year. I will be trying for them again Aug 1st or so. I hope I won't have missed them all.

Anyway, sorry it took me this long to respond. I tried last year but was having trouble with the website. Keep on posting if you have time. I will start also in a couple weeks when I start trying.

Good luck out there!
Sandy
 

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Hi Sandman
These are the jigs I use fishing for mackeral

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Out today off McNab lighthouse with a friend and we each caught 20 keepers each
between the 2 of us we released 29 small mackerel.
We caught 5 large pollock and release a lot of small
Friend caught and released 2 cod fish
I use my jig and friend use the mustad jig.
End of trip the pollock took one hook from friend 3 hook jig which is why I gave up on using them.
My jig still has all hooks attach.

Water temp 16 C
 

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Out today with wife 100ft off McNabs light house
Caught 20 each and released 16 between the two of us.
Water temp 18 C
Lots of mackerel still left behind.
 
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