Spanish Mackerel Caught in Buzzards Bay

If anyone is getting tired of bass and blues, here is a little news that just might get your funny fish juices flowing. Although Maddie’s catch is identified as a king mackerel, there is a good chance that it is Spanish mackerel; they look very similar and the size corresponds more with a Spanish than a king. In either case, this is exciting news because these fish typically show up when the water warms up enough for bonito to appear as well.

Maddie Clark shows off what is likely a spanish mackerel, while fishing with Will Beardsley earlier this week.
Maddie Clark shows off her first-ever catch, likely a spanish mackerel, while fishing with Will Beardsley earlier this week off Old Silver Beach. ​

Although most anglers associate the sounds, Vineyard, and Nantucket with funny fish such as bonito, albies, and Spanish, the fishing for these species can be just as good in Buzzards Bay, usually from West Falmouth to the west entrance of the Canal, with the waters between Old Silver Beach and Phinney’s Harbor particularly productive. The waters out around Cleveland Ledge sometimes have great fishing, with schools of peanut bunker and bay anchovies the main attraction for bones, little tunny, and Spanish mackerel. In some years, they also show up in good numbers in Buzzards Bay and just outside Woods Hole, as this video made by Capt. Mike shows.