Mackerel Feeding Frenzy | Coastal Survival


A night fishing journey on the seashore allowed us to witness considered one of nature’s most wonderful sights down in West Dorset this weekend.

The ocean was effervescent with fish. Slightly below the floor shoals of iridescent mackerel have been chasing the silver whitebait up onto the seashore. So far as the attention may see, a metre large strip of wriggling sprats have been beached and attempting to shimmy again to the ocean.

Shoal of white bait washed up

We had first observed the gulls gathering on the shore a couple of minutes earlier. They have been getting excited and shortly, so have been we. I had thought it will be too windy for fishing so had not ready my rod. I gained’t make that mistake once more.

With shaky arms, the rod was arrange with mackerel feathers. Ah, however I had not threaded the road across the line pickup!! With the ocean boiling away beside me the road was disassembled and threaded by way of correctly. We have been away!

Instantly after casting into the darkish patch of uneven water, I felt a promising tug on the rod. Reeling in revealed four mackerel, one on every hook.

This pure phenomenen happens through the hotter months. The mackerel feed on the whitebait and are predated upon by the bigger bass. Should you’re fortunate you would possibly catch mackerel and bass on the feathers.

The solar was setting because the mackerel have been rigorously gutted, and cleaned within the sea. I used to be grateful for my catch and grateful that nature had supplied as soon as once more. Fortunately, iced water bottles have been available to maintain the fish chilly till morning.

The whitebait that have been gathered from the shingle have been threaded onto driftwood sticks and suspended over the coals. Lower than an hour previous, this was a scrumptious and rewarding night snack.


By Becky – Coastal Survival Teacher.



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