I use 2 x 4/0 hooks and half pilchards for Doggie Mackerel and 2 x 5/0 hooks and whole pilchards for Spanish Mackerel. I also use the 2 x 5/0's with large squid or pilchard baits for bottom fishing, particularly when Mackerel are around, as wire off the top hook is usually not required. I don't even use wire traces when specifically targeting Mackerel on floating baits!
- 2 x hooks (I like the Tru-turn hooks for this).
- 1 length of soft No 6 stainless wire (about 10-15cm).
- 1 pair of fine side cutters.