Mack Bait Chrome Series Info

If your lure is draining you, chuck out a Goshie Custom Mack Bait and it's on like donkey kong ............... that's all

A well known lure which has claimed plenty of pelagic predators from the Australian coastline is the Goshie Custom "Mack Bait" chrome series of lures.
The Mack Baits are classified as a bibless minnow and were designed by Alan Dolan in the early nineties and they have been a perennial favourite amongst Aussie rock hoppers ever since. As a young keen rock fisherman who spent plenty of time fishing locations such as the Gold Coast Seaway in the 1980’s Alan wanted to create a multipurpose pelagic lure for targeting species such as Mackerel, Tuna and Trevally.

A well known lure which has claimed plenty of pelagic predators from the Australian coastline is the Goshie Custom "Mack Bait" chrome series of lures.

The Mack Baits are classified as a bibless minnow and were designed by Alan Dolan in the early nineties and they have been a perennial favourite amongst Aussie rock hoppers ever since. As a young keen rock fisherman who spent plenty of time fishing locations such as the Gold Coast Seaway in the 1980’s Alan wanted to create a multipurpose pelagic lure for targeting species such as Mackerel, Tuna and Trevally.

After a year of lure sculpting and field testing Alan finally came up with a design which not only mimics the local baitfish population but also swims with a deadly action. When you observe the shape of a Mack Bait it is relatively thin across the body but broad in profile. This allows the Mack Bait to flash through the water and imitates common baitfish such as Herring, Mullet and Yellowtail Scads.

When a Mack Bait is retrieved at high speed these lures vibrate through the water which makes them highly visible to predatory fish. To achieve this action Alan has designed the Mack Bait with a tight action which allows the lure to vibrate with the maximum number of beats per foot of travel. When casting these lures from the rocks anglers usually let them sink for approximately 5 seconds before cranking them in with a medium to high speed retrieve. When Mack Baits are retrieved at the correct speed these lures will stay in the water and will continue work until they are retrieved right to the base of the rocks or get inhaled by a fish.

The Mack Baits are currently available in 5 inch, which is the most common size used for casting and retrieving from the rocks. These bibles minnows contain an internal lead weight in the front section of the lure and 5 inch lure weighs approximately 54gms without hooks and approx 70 grams with hooks and rings. The body of the Mack Bait is made from Polyurethane which is not only excellent for rock abrasion but this material is also tough enough to withstand any puncture wounds created a big Spanish mackerel.
In recent years well known LBG angler Goshie has been working with Alan to create a series of Chrome Mack Baits that are designed for Australian ledges. Goshie started with the “king of chrome” Mack Bait which has gained a huge cult following and is fast becoming one of the most popular lures on the market. The “king of chrome” Mack Bait has claimed a wide variety of species such as Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, cobia, giant trevally, golden trevally and many more.

Hardware

Goshie recommends the following hardware for the Mack Baits:

  • Wire for Mack Baits single strand Mason or Superflex 58lb #6

     You can also use 69lb #7 tied direct to the tow point

  • For heavy drag settings, single hooks are recommended
  • Recommended braid 30-50lb Tasline Elite for good casting distance
  • Recommended rod is the Assassin shore game 2x heavy 11ft rod with the Mack baits
  • The Mack bait has a built in action which vibrates through the water, so there is no need to work the lure, just retrieve with speed