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Can I catch Mackerel in Pinellas without using a boat?

Dear Captain"Can I catch Mackerel in Pinellas without using a boat?"

Yes you can consistently catch Spanish mackerel from all the major bridges and piers that go some distance into the gulf (and others on the Atlantic Coast as well).

Here are some of the best ones:

  1. The North and South Skyway Bridge Piers
  2. Reddington Beach Pier (The reddington pier has a new name)
  3. Pier 60 Clearwater beach.

The Spanish mackerel are thick through their fall and spring migration runs. Now is a great time. When the water temperature gets into the sixties, most of the mackerel will move south to warmer waters or further out deeper where many deep springs are. They are often caught all summer inshore on the Gulf coast.

Mackerel from Shore

Go to our Facebook Page before you go fishing and ask if anyone has a fishing report from any of the piers. Ask if there have been any decent catches of mackerel. When fishing from a pier for mackerel, look along the entire pier and try and locate pods of bait. If mackerel are around they will be hanging with the bait!

Here is a page we have on the site about all of the Best Piers in Florida.

Thank you for sending in your question. Tell your friends about us and like our Facebook page.

Captain David M. Rieumont



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