Each year I have lived in Clew Bay the mackerel arrive in Clew Bay. This year it was the third week in July 2016 before you could be assured of catching more than a few fish. This year a sample of the line caught fish age class are juvenile (22cm) and adult fish (30cm).

One wonders how long nature will be so giving when Super trawlers fish off the Mayo coast in December and January removing huge tonnage of mackerel every winter.

It is a mainstay of the local sea angling charter boats over the summer and fresh mackerel are highly appreciated for breakfast or dinner.

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