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Offline metlhead

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Mackerel recipe
« on: August 08, 2022, 08:41:43 AM »
Got into a lot of mackerel of of Westport this weekend. Kept a few for salmon and crab baits. Anybody eat them, and best way to cook? Plenty of ideas online, but hey, even moon snails have recipes.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2022, 09:44:47 AM »
I eat them at Sushi bars, unfortunately no idea what else to do with them.  Shrimp seem willing to climb into pots after them.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2022, 10:11:01 AM »
Crab bait.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2022, 10:14:01 AM »
Yup, trade them all for crab.
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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2022, 06:06:06 PM »
 Years ago me and a buddy were getting into them . Popular opinion was they are no good , but we are never ones to shy away from trying things .
Most times its a picky person that wont eat belly meat off of a Chinook and or care and preparation .

Anyway we took a couple and bled them really well and then into ice . Then did them "Mediterranean" style rubbed with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Then a piss hot grill .

They weren't the BOMB but definately edible . Strong tuna taste . We didnt keep anymore as we had Chinook,Coho, ling, and rockfish piling up .

I dont fish salt much anymore but I would givem a go again if given the chance .

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2022, 07:50:40 PM »
Gonna try em. Sure hit like a freight train. Coulda swore most were kings at first. About 4lbs average size

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2022, 08:19:04 PM »
 Yep we thought the same thing . A 4lber fights like a 10 lb chinook  :chuckle:

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2022, 01:01:59 AM »
Them are great Halibut bait.  Shoulda froze a few dozen

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2022, 07:10:29 AM »
I've so much bait piled up. They are a great salmon bait. Cut into small strips on hootchies and spinners. I ground one up for filling superbaits.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2022, 02:22:17 PM »
Them are great Halibut bait.  Shoulda froze a few dozen

Don't know what type of mackerel are being caught here but a few years ago guiding in SE Ak I got into a bunch of Atka Mackerel and sent a couple down while halibut fishing, our herring and octopus got hit within a minute or 2 of hitting bottom, the mackerel didn't get touched, soaked them about 20 minutes then switched out to the good bait.  :twocents:

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2022, 02:43:09 PM »
They are great. Their meat is very similar to tuna. I have heard they are great smoked. The time I ate them I just pan fried them.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2022, 11:27:46 AM »
We breaded and deep fried chunks while fishing in Ilwaco a few weeks back... It was excellent!

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2022, 02:12:20 PM »
Well, I found they are simple to clean and when grilled make excellent mak-melt sandwiches. They will be going into the cooler from here on out.

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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2022, 02:26:50 PM »
east coast i canned in tomato sauce, was excellent especially smaller tinker macks
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Re: Mackerel recipe
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2022, 02:32:12 PM »
Well, I found they are simple to clean and when grilled make excellent mak-melt sandwiches. They will be going into the cooler from here on out.

I'd like to hear more about those excellent mak-melt sandwiches.
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