Once you have hooked a fish the hard work has been done. You have found the fish. Have the skipper put a way point down and settle into the battle. There is no need to try and rip the fish’s head off and get him to the boat in 10 seconds flat. Get a sense of the size of the fish and play it out. Let the fish run if it wants to, it is hardly going to wrap a pylon or reef section out off the shelf. Tire the fish and it will be easier to land later. Work together with the skipper and keep the battle over the rear corners of the boat. Tuna won’t tend to fight on the surface. Once they know something is up they will fight deep and hard.
The knock down, bare knuckle, no holds barred style of fishing required to extract bottom dwellers such as Coral Trout from their reefie homes is exciting stuff. Bait, plastics, jig whatever your preference, there is Penn gear designed specifically for the purpose.
Blinding speed and fearsome dentures make Mackerel a top shelf predator. The first run of good sized spanish is enough to get even the most seasoned angler excited. Trolling, spinning or livebaiting, fishing for Mackerel is a ton of fun.