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Old 08-12-2017, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default King Fishing 101

I'm a newbie to the coastal/saltwater fishing game as well as The Hull Truth but I've heard this is the place with all the answers. Really trying to learn how to catch Kings but still a baby in terms of knowing WTH I'm doing. Anyone wanna talk about baits, depths, areas, tackle, or any other pertinent information to being a successful king fisher? More detail the better 😀
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Welcome to THT. Just need to warn you it is addictive. Lots of great folks here with unlimited info. I rarely fish for Kings so I don't have any secrets. So my 2 cents. Learn to find and catch live bait. Fish that bait near structure. Now you know all I know about it. I would let the guys know where you fish out of and size boat. Good luck catch em up
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Spoons and planers. Fish like the commercial guys do.
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Spoons and planers. Fish like the commercial guys do.
You can catch a lot of fish that way, but they are usually small, there's not much sport in it and it isn't the funnest way to fish in the world.

The basics are a reel that holds 400+ yards of 20 pound mono, 7 foot, soft tip rods, live bait rigs (you can buy blue water candy ones until you get comfortable making your own), a good 10 foot cast net and some sabiki rigs.

Ask around to see if you can find where they are holding. Generally 65-110 feet in summer, and right off the beach in spring and fall. Live or dead cigar minnows, live menhaden are most popular baits.
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Thanks guys. I'm fishing out of Morehead on a Carolina Skiff 218DLV
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:58 PM   #6
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You're gonna have a hard time except for May and October
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I've caught a few trolling dead cigar minnows about 3 ft behind a 2 oz egg sinker.
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A downrigger(or two) can be a useful addition, that way you can present a bait or two lower in the water column. Sometimes it makes a big difference, other times not at all.

Fresh bait seemed key when I used to kingfish often.
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...hoo-plugs.html

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I finally broke down and tried some mackahoos earlier this year. I like Nic a lot, he's a great guy, but that was the most expensive king trip I've taken in a long time. I had just as many bites using a hank brown or blue water candy jig head and a mylar duster for half the price, and wasn't nearly as annoyed when one got cut off.
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^^^no matter how many times I've seen it, I have to watch it every time it is posted. Lolololololol
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Step 1: Make Team Facebook Page
Step 2: Post a bunch of hashtags of products you use like you are sponsored.
Step 3: Post a video of you running your boat wide open.
Step 4: Post a video of you running wide open in 2-3 ft chop knocking everyones teeth out on board to let everyone else know you are a serious King Fisherman.

Just Kidding.......but I'm with N2theblue. I don't understand the infatuation with the Mackahoos, Pirate Plugs, or any other knockoff of that style plug. I guess people are lazy or just don't care about the money. They can get the same effect with a roll of #4 wire, a bunch of 2-4 ounce jigheads, some 4x #4 trebles and king dusters. If you really want the same kind of wire just buy 7 strand. You can make 5-6 standard dead bait rigs for what one of those cost.
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I agree nic's stuff works I have caught fish in nc and the fl keys with them, but I usually use it when I'm trying to cover a lot of ground not concentrating on a big fish
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I'm a newbie to the coastal/saltwater fishing game as well as The Hull Truth but I've heard this is the place with all the answers. Really trying to learn how to catch Kings but still a baby in terms of knowing WTH I'm doing. Anyone wanna talk about baits, depths, areas, tackle, or any other pertinent information to being a successful king fisher? More detail the better 😀
You just might be better off meeting some guys that do a lot of kingfishing and pay into going fishing with them. Go with different people, you'll learn a lot. Nothing wrong with asking questions but real world experience with people in the know would be worth a bunch of gas money. Good Luck
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Step 1: Make Team Facebook Page
Step 2: Post a bunch of hashtags of products you use like you are sponsored.
Step 3: Post a video of you running your boat wide open.
Step 4: Post a video of you running wide open in 2-3 ft chop knocking everyones teeth out on board to let everyone else know you are a serious King Fisherman.

Just Kidding.......but I'm with N2theblue. I don't understand the infatuation with the Mackahoos, Pirate Plugs, or any other knockoff of that style plug. I guess people are lazy or just don't care about the money. They can get the same effect with a roll of #4 wire, a bunch of 2-4 ounce jigheads, some 4x #4 trebles and king dusters. If you really want the same kind of wire just buy 7 strand. You can make 5-6 standard dead bait rigs for what one of those cost.
What are king dusters? Can you post a picture or video of exactly what you are describing so I can make it?
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I finally broke down and tried some mackahoos earlier this year. I like Nic a lot, he's a great guy, but that was the most expensive king trip I've taken in a long time. I had just as many bites using a hank brown or blue water candy jig head and a mylar duster for half the price, and wasn't nearly as annoyed when one got cut off.
Question, for the blue water candy, I'm assuming you are talking about their dead bait rigs?
Which Hank brown rigs do you suggest?

So mackahoos seem to have weight and dive under the surface....dead bait rigs are just on top of the water, right?
Would subsurface not be better then strictly on the surface?
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What are king dusters? Can you post a picture or video of exactly what you are describing so I can make it?
http://www.tormentertackle.com/dyno_dusters

http://bluewatercandy.com/store/stor...on=show_detail

Rig is built like below, from front to back:

30-60 lb swivel -> 18-36 inches #5 single strand or 60 lb stranded wire -> duster -> 1/2 - 4 oz jighead -> 4-6 inches wire => #4 4x strong treble

Jighead up under chin of dead cigar minnow, stinger treble hooked in the back near the tail. Get the jighead right and they'll swim as well as a cigar minnow will swim.
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