Some times back on that pier, I notice a kid fishing with his dad. He was using a sort of mega bait. He was out catching the Sabiki (me included) guys.
I got info. from dad and ordered the same lures from China. Cheap too.
Have not used them much since the mackerel have not been around much, when I was fishing.
Mackerel can be puzzling. Some days you will have a “Mac attack” when they will hit virtually anything thrown into the water - various baits, Sabiki’s, and spoons of various type, color and size. Every hook on a Sabiki will have a fish and sooner or later some idiot will tie two Sabiki’s together and pull up a dozen fish. Other days they can be picky hitting nothing but a strip of squid on a Carolina rigging. Most of the time sees the best mackerel bite early morning and early evening while some days sees a bite that lasts throughout the day - and night. A fun fish to catch on light tackle, often the number one fish caught on piers as far as numbers, but also, as seen, a sometimes unpredictable species.