They are everywhere!!!!!!!!.....You just have to be there early.
It seems like everyday for the past couple of weeks my routine has been,
to get out of bed before daylight, Greet my party at the dock, and go straight to the #1 bouy....Where I drop some King baits in the water and start my day trolling for mackerel.
We have been catching our limits each time we try this but, I've noticed that a lot of people do not, so here are a few tips for those people.....
Don't get involved with all those new fancy lures, we have the tendency to buy all the flashy stuff that ONLY CATCH FISHEREMEN....Remember what we used in the OLD DAYS simple Feather Dusters and mylar Christmas Trees?????
Well that stuff still works well is you put a cigar minnow or strip bait behind it. Although I think we caught just as many on a plain old #3 Drone spoon.
Drag deep....I like to use a #2 or #3 steel planer, these will pull your baits down to about 20-25 feet at 50 yards behind the boat...
Some people use those expensive downriggers but that's just more unnecessary tackle to worry about, if you have downriggers, use them....but don't go any farther than about 25 feet deep and don't think you need a down rigger to pull a live bait, these steel planers do a fine job with live baits!!!!!
Also don't forget to variate your speed, sometimes they like it faster than others for instance in clam flat water they want to see it moving fast...in rough or choppy water the rocking or yawing of the boat will do all the work....so you can slow down some to get the right action on the baits....if you start catching a ton of bonitos chances are you are trolling too fast.
Try these helpful hints on your next trip out, I think you will see some instant results.
As far as cooking these things, Steak em, sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper, cook them on the grill over medium heat for about 15 minutes and serve with a fresh cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon.