SportFishing and Charters Forum - Rigging dead Ballyhoo for Kingfish

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firewater12
04-20-2011, 07:51 AM
Hey everyone, I'm fishing in a Dolphin, Kingfish, Wahoo tournament this weekend and need a little help. I'm a Dolphin fisherman mostly but this weekend I want to try for a few Kings. Can someone tell me the best way to catch them if I'm using dead Ballyhoo for bait? Would you drift or bump troll? What's the best rig and how would you set it up?

Thanks for any help.


Sudden Strike Fishing
04-20-2011, 08:41 AM
This is what i use.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-miscellaneous-items/344713-kingfish-duster-triple-hook-rigs.html

firewater12
04-20-2011, 08:51 AM
I've seen something like this before. So does the front hook go through the head and the rest down the back or down the stomach? What if you wanted to sink it? Would you just tie a drop loop and hook up a small sinker?


Sudden Strike Fishing
04-20-2011, 09:40 PM
I've seen something like this before. So does the front hook go through the head and the rest down the back or down the stomach? What if you wanted to sink it? Would you just tie a drop loop and hook up a small sinker?

Exactly!!! Front hook through the head and the other two up into the body. If you don't use a balloon or float the ballyhoo will sink slowly unless the current is real strong. Then you would just have to add a sinker to it. I usually just drift them on the surface and have got better response than sinking it.

Ice Cream Man
04-21-2011, 03:42 AM
This is what I would use ........Pirate Plugs.
http://southchathamtackle.com/Pirate_Plugs.htm

Easy to rig, troll at 4 to 7 knots, baits won't wash out or spin ........
Check them out ......... ICM

firewater12
04-25-2011, 08:09 AM
Thanks again guys....had some motor problems but will be trying again soon

REDWEISER
04-25-2011, 08:37 AM
Drift or bump troll .. with or without a skirt.


http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/2014/16977233.jpg

CG_MKC
04-26-2011, 03:48 AM
When the Kings are running down here in the Keys, I troll for them just like I would for dolphin with exception of rigging with wire. Have not had much luck with naked ballyhoo. Regular pin rigged ballyhoo with ilander skirt. I have had better luck with the darker colors like you would use for wahoo.

You do have a bunch of short strikes, so the above rig with a trailer should work good as well, just not sure how it would perform above clutch speed. We troll at 7-8 knots and can cover more area than if you were live bait fishing like I am used to in NC.

Hope that helps.

llord
04-26-2011, 01:12 PM
Jus act like your Wahoo fishin and use a red/black Seawitch. You should catch everyone of the oily boogers

CaptainScubaSteve
04-26-2011, 01:27 PM
Hey everyone, I'm fishing in a Dolphin, Kingfish, Wahoo tournament this weekend and need a little help. I'm a Dolphin fisherman mostly but this weekend I want to try for a few Kings. Can someone tell me the best way to catch them if I'm using dead Ballyhoo for bait? Would you drift or bump troll? What's the best rig and how would you set it up?

Thanks for any help.

Well where are you fishing ??? You can never go wrong with a ballyhoo/islander...I Tend to have the best luck in the gulf with the mahi and kings by locating floating debris ex:pallets,mooring lines ect...

firewater12
04-28-2011, 08:14 AM
I'm fishing out of Pompano Beach FL. I'm pretty good with the Dolphin fishing, its just time to venture out and try other things.



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