Huge King Mackerel caught on light tackle

Huge King Mackerel caught on light tackle

Kevin Collins from Queensland in Australia caught this huge king mackeral (scomberomerous commersoni), on 10lb light tackle braid, with a 60lb leader!

He was fishing Mackerel Island in the Whitsundays when he hooked and landed this trophy fish. It was never weighed properly but estimates are sitting at around the 100lb mark, or 45kg’s. We say more like 55!

The size of the head is a big factor here, it’s girth – it’s a really healthy and fat fish, and then the length – no way could Kevin hold this fish up any other way – it looks to be a good 6 inches taller than him – all add up to what could be the biggest king mackeral / couta / spanish mackerel / narrow barred mackerel / tanguieguie / sierra / … a fish with many, many names, ever caught!

huge couta

The mystery fish – This is Kevin Collins the owner of Fish D’Vine and the Rum Bar in Airlie Beach Queensland, Australia

The following two great fish were shot – the first is the official world record couta – a 46kg fish speared by Greg Pickering, and then the big daddy of couta claims – a 52kg fish shot off Mapelane not three years ago!


World-record ‘Couta spearfishing – 46 kilograms, Dorre Island, Western Oz, July 18, 2004 by Greg Pickering

52kg couta mapelane

52kg ‘Couta shot off Mapelane Lighthouse, KZN Natal North Coast, South Africa. Koos Jordaan was the trigger man . 30 June 2007.


Another mystery…this brace of really big couta were rumoured to be 100 pounders each?! In South Africa…anyone recognise anything?

More to follow on this thread…

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