There are as many opinions on the best way to catch kingfish as there
are boats chasing them. But from pros to pleasure boaters, here a few tips
everyone can put to use:
Hard Bottom/Warm Water:
A good kingfish spot is almost always where hard bottom, high structure
and 69 to 72 degree water meet. Once you find this spot start drifting
or trolling. Don't anchor because then you won't cover enough water to
know whether or not you're on the best spot.
Use light tackle in the 12 to 20 pound range with 4/-0 or smaller hooks.
You might not boat every fish but your live bait will stay live and frisky
longer since it doesn't have to drag around a hook and rig that weighs
as much as it does.
Don't be a Drag:
Kings will rip lots of line off your reel on high-speed runs. Let them
take all they want, but use a reel with a high gear ratio so that you can
gain the line back quickly.
Match your rod type to your body type. If you're under 6' use a rod
under 6' , and if you're tall use a longer rod.
- Tips Fit for a King
- Steve Hicks
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