Well, following a mackerel charter worked again. However, knowing when NOT to follow is what really worked.
Seems like the word is out about my technique. There were 4 boats trailing the Miss Audrey Mae from Eastman's. I let the other 4 boats follow the big girl in a circle as she was using sonar to find a school. Once I saw her anchor I ran the 6 miles to belly up behind her.
The captain was bitching "these outboards make the mackerel scared and hard to catch" or something stupid like that. Guess he was having a hard time finding schools on the fishfinder!
He settled in on a hump about 4 miles due east of hampton harbor. He stayed for about 15 minutes and a few macks/pollocks were caught, then he left in a huff because of the small boats fishing around him. He should have been a little calmer as he left and he might not have caught the anchor on a nearby lobster trap bouy
So....he left and the circus of small boats followed. We had noticed some real small rings on the glass smooth surface and so we decided to hang around. After about 5 minutes it was quite apparent that there were a lot of macks around and we started hauling them in the boat. Caught about 65 macks/20 pollock and 4 decent cod on this one hump. We called it a day around noon once the tide changed and the bite shut down. Diamond jigs (real small) and sabbichi (sp?) rigs are what worked.