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Old 11-05-2019, 12:14 PM
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Curious what everyone's favorite kingfish rig is for trolling. I've been using rapalas, spoons and King Zigs with somewhat limited success. Also tried C&H king busters but not much action. Do I need to put bait on these? Anyone tried the Williamson ribbonfish?
Old 11-05-2019, 01:27 PM
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King busters and similar skirts are designed to be fished in front of live bait. If you are just after numbers, its hard to beat a cigar minnow / duster rig on a planer or inline weight if you are after numbers.
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I prefer Pirate Plugs (from South Chatham Tackle) baited with cigar minnows
Easy for Newbies to bait their own lures so they run straight
You will need to re-rig them after a couple of fish but that is very easy to do
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halco giant tremblers
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black destin dolls w dead cee-gar minnos

make sure they do NOT spin

bigger kings = slow troll big hardtail

kings are stoopid really, if they are around it won't matter - I have literally seen them caught on banana peels (against my wishes fwiw)

don't let them short bite you, run a stinger if they're not thick
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Originally Posted by Southern Hooker View Post
King busters and similar skirts are designed to be fished in front of live bait. If you are just after numbers, its hard to beat a cigar minnow / duster rig on a planer or inline weight if you are after numbers.
Does anyone troll with finger mullet behind skirts for live bait? Is it hardy enough?
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
halco giant tremblers
Any color you prefer on these? I'm in the northern GOM and have tried trolling larger lures in Dorado colors, pinks and blues.
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Red/white

purple/silver
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Mullet will work just go slow enough that they don’t spin.
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drone spoon and a planer.


here's some pros.

Hint: You're probably pulling your artificals too slow.
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I use a deep diving yo zuri plug, they are expensive, but if you check at walmart regularly, you can get them for $5 or so, doesnt seem like color matters a whole lot, just a little flash.
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We caught 14 kings trolling a mirrolure 111MR green back with silver bottom this year. Just thought it looked good at the tackle shop and bought it. Only reason I counted is that we were having a pick your bait king hookup contest on the boat one day and the mirrolure won hands down so I started keeping track. Unfortunately an AJ took that one and ran off with it. Other bait we use are russell lures which are good too. We don't really concentrate too much on king macks, but a couple of our crew like to take some king meat home.
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Originally Posted by Southern Hooker View Post
King busters and similar skirts are designed to be fished in front of live bait. If you are just after numbers, its hard to beat a cigar minnow / duster rig on a planer or inline weight if you are after numbers.
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Kingbuster in chartreuse for best results. Cigar minnows are king candy.
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You guys are losing it....Russell lures at 4.5 MPH
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Live herring, stinger rigged on #4 wire. Bump troll 2 knots. 2 downrigger, 2 flat lines. Crush.
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Is there a certain water temp in the winter where you are wasting time fishing for Kings or can they pretty much be caught year round? Orange beach area
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Originally Posted by Hydra30 View Post
Is there a certain water temp in the winter where you are wasting time fishing for Kings or can they pretty much be caught year round? Orange beach area
68 is the magic number around orange beach (particularly in the spring as the surface gets warmer than the deeper water) but Ive caught them in water a little colder than that. During the fall you can have some pretty good cold snaps and the surface temp can get colder than the deeper water, so there can still be some kings around nearshore into November and December when the surface temp drops below 68.

You don't say how far out of orange beach you are fishing as the kings just tend to move out to deeper water as the temp drops. The OB bouy is reading 69 right now the 115 mile pensacola bouy is reading 77 right now. So a lot of kings load up on some of the deeper structure in the winter.

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