A fishing rod on a table.

What Gear to Use when Mackerel Fishing

Choosing the right gear can be challenging, but I’ve got you covered. With the right equipment, your chances of landing a nice mackerel will increase, and your overall fishing experience will be much more enjoyable. So, grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy sofa, and enjoy these insights on getting started with mackerel fishing. Whether you're an experienced angler looking to improve your setup or a beginner eager to learn, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know for your next mackerel fishing trip.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!☕️


The Rod

Let's begin with the rod. For mackerel fishing, I recommend a 9-10 feet rod with a casting weight of 15-40 grams. This setup provides the casting distance needed to reach deeper spots, as longer rods cast further. Additionally, a casting weight of 15-40 grams allows you to handle slightly heavier spoons along with a feather rig.

Casting a lure that’s too light for your rod won’t go far, while using one that’s too heavy risks breaking your line. The lure rating indicates the ideal lure weight for the best casting performance.

The Reel and Line

Next, let’s talk about the reel. I suggest a spinning reel in the 2500-3000 size range, paired with a thin braided line around 0.12-0.16 mm. Braided line offers better sensitivity and contact with the lure compared to nylon. If you use braided line, I recommend adding a fluorocarbon leader to reduce abrasion risk. Braided line is sensitive to abrasion, but a fluorocarbon leader minimizes the chance of losing your lure to rocks and other objects.

Reel sizes can be confusing because two classification systems are in use: some manufacturers use 10, 20, 30, etc., while others use 1000, 2000, 3000, and so on. Don't worry – the two systems are equivalent. For example, a size 10 reel matches a size 1000 reel, and a size 25 matches a size 2500. Focus on the first two numbers and compare across brands and models.


To summarize, here’s what you need for a successful mackerel fishing trip:

  • A 9-10 foot spinning rod with a casting weight of 15-40 grams
  • A 2500-3000 size spinning reel
  • A thin braided line around 0.12-0.16 mm
  • A fluorocarbon leader to reduce abrasion risk

With the right gear in hand, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful day of mackerel fishing. Happy fishing, and tight lines!

Back to blog

Leave a comment