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ill be fishing in scotland next week, and i was only thinking of take some rag and then catch some mackerel and use them as bait..is it ideal that if your putting a big piece of mackerel on to use bait elastic to keep it in place
 

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All depends on how far you will be casting it.

Fresh Mackerel is much tougher on the hook than frozen. Down here on the South Coast I rarely use elastic with fresh unless I'm power casting, which is very rare as mostly I'll be fishing for Bass within 40 yds of the shore. If you are using a bigger fillet then use a pennel rig to improve presentation, smaller chunks use a hook size to match with a wide gape (I use 1/0 semi-circles and 3/0 Varivas big mouths for Bass).

If you are casting reasonably short and can get away without elastic then do so.
 
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