was at wal mart in eagle river the other day and they have whole mackeral for sale in the bait freezer. i thought about buying some but it was poor quality, better than the herring but not much. octopus is too expensive so i opted to risk it and catch or bait. so has anyone used mackeral for bait and what did you think? might be able to get it cheaper at sagaya and better quality. i believe it was 3.99 per pound when i worked there 10 years ago. sagaya also sold those baby octopus for cheap 2.99 per pound i believe that would stay on the hook real good ill bet.