Mackerel Fishing Brighton

Mackerel is a very common fish in Britain.  The season to catch them is from early May until early to late October, but there have been Mackerel caught in all months.

There are three main ways to fish for mackerel these are Spinning, Feathering and Float Fishing, The Most Popular probably being Spinning and Feathering but this is used more for bait. A reason why people go crazy for Mackerel is because they taste amazing especially when they are fresh they can’t be beaten. Good Baits for Mackerel are Mackerel Strips, Spinners, Sandeel and plenty more…


Feathers Usually come in packs of 3 to 6 and my favourite being the Mustad ones. Feathers are usually only used if there is proof that there is a shoal of mackerel it is quite usual when there are mackerel in abundance to bring a full set of mackerel.Ready made Mackerel Feather Traces are easy to set up just attach it to you line then attach a weight at the Bottom(people Recommend using a 2oz weight)and a minimum of 20lb line . this is usually done by younger anglers or novice anglers.


Spinning is probably the most popular method for Mackerel Fishing .The picture above shows an Abu Garcia Silver Toby Spinner which is my favourite the mackerel usually will always go for silver and most people say if there is mackerel there they will go for anything . Most people prefer to go lighter with spinning for more fun and use a light spinning Rod and light line . other spinners such as the Dexters Wedge is great for bass as well as mackerel there is a few methods of reeling in a spinner
1. The Big Long Pull
Once you have a tight line after casting you simply pull the rod back in one continuous motion while keeping it at waist height. You then move the rod forward again whilst reeling in the slack. You then repeat. You will probably make 3 or 4 complete turns on the reel when you do this
2.The Short Sharp Twitch
Once you have a tight line after casting you keep the rod tip low down and give small gentle pulls on the rod while slowly reeling in the line. By small movements I mean around half an arms length at a time. This is a good method for lures with rattles.
3.The Delayed Reaction
Once you’ve cast out and you’ve tightened the line keep the rod still and give the reel a few turns so the lure moves a couple of metres and then pause for a few seconds (4 to 8 is good). Then keep repeating this process.

Float Fishing

Mackerel generally remain at the same depth which is between 8ft to 20ft. They also generally stay quite close to cliffs and walls. If you’re fishing from a pier then you will probably only need to be casting out between 5 to 30 yards. The best places to catch mackerel are piers and rocks which are out past the shore line. Mackerel don’t normally come in too close to the beach. This doesn’t mean that they don’t but as a general rule you’ll get much better results if you’re fishing away from the beach.

  • Individuals – Weekdays from £65pp

    Long distance and premium trips will be charged extra

  • Individuals – Weekends from £75pp

    Long distance and premium trips will be charged extra

  • Bass, Conger or Extended Trips from £85 per person

    Selected days only

  • Boat Charter – Weekdays from £650

    Price based on 8 or less persons. Additional £65pp for 9th/10th Angler. Long distance and premium trips will be charged extra

  • Boat Charter – Weekends from £750

    Price based on 8 or less persons. Additional £65pp for 9th/10th Angler. Long distance and premium trips will be charged extra

  • 4 Hour Stag Trip Weekends £475

    Price based on 12 persons. Includes 7 free rods and tackle

The small print

• A deposit of £100 is required for boat bookings. The balance is payable in cash on the day.
• For individuals £50 deposit is payable at the time of booking.
• In the event of bad weather we offer another date or refund.
• Please ring between 5pm and 6pm the evening before to check the weather is ok to go.
• Bait or Lures will need to be purchased separately and we can organise this on your behalf.
• The tackle shop adjacent to the boat opens at 0700 for you bait and tackle requirements.
• Boarding is 0715 for departure at 0730 (unless otherwise agreed or stated) for standard 8 hour fishing trips.
• FUEL SURCHARGE – due to rising diesel costs a fuel surcharge may apply to trips more than 20 miles offshore.