Get ready to fire up your smoker and have your friends and family over for some world famous fish spread. We are going to cover two of the best ways to successfully target Kingfish.
Trolling hard bait is probably the most common way that recreational fishermen target these fish. A #1 or #2 planer rigged with a Kingspoon is the typical choice. Another great way to target these fish is with a lipped plug that dives on its one to specific depths such as the Halco lures, Rapala Mag 20 and 30's, and Nomad DTX Minnows. Planer's are used to bring the bait being trolled to the depth of choice.
A longer leader between 25 and 35ft will get you more bites and fill the boat faster.
Kingfish are caught every year with these baits. Nomad DTX Minnows, Rapala Magnum 20's and 30's and a glow 350 Kingspoon's. Rods and reels used to troll hardware are different than those used for live bait trolling. A 6'6" to a 7' rod with a heavy action rating paired with a Shimano TLD 25 reel with 40lb or 50lb line.
2) Live Bait
Slow trolling or anchoring up and chumming with live bait are very productive ways to get the job done. A 7' to 7'6" rod paired with a high speed conventional reel that can hold at least 400 yards of 25lb mono line is the standard. The terminal tackle to use is single strand hardwire or 7 strand cable with a 2/0 to 4/0 nose hook and number 6 to a number 1 treble for the stinger. If your not in the mood to tie your own kingfish rigs, no need to worry we hand tie them in house and are available for purchase here.
Springs and higher relief wrecks are good places to start your search for your smoker.
As shown in the the diagram, wire size ranges from #3 to #7 in a solid wire and in 27lb to a 60lb cable. Bait choices will depend on where you are fishing. Inshore, you will want to use bigger baits because you will be fishing for bigger fish. This includes Mullet, Ladyfish, Menhaden, Spanish Mackerel, and Blue Runners. Offshore bait includes Scaled Sardines, Blue Runners, Spanish Mackerel, Spanish Sardines, and Cigar Minnows. If you have any further questions feel free to call our store and talk to one of our expert team members.
3) Rod and Reel Suggestions
For hardware trolling, we suggest our Dogfish Stik 15H. This is a 7' 40-80lb rod paired with a Shimano TLD 25 reel. For Live Bait fishing, we suggest our Dogfish Stik Kingfish Series Rod, it is a 7'6" model paired with a Shimano Torium 30 reel.