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Favorite King Rig?

Old 11-05-2019, 01:14 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?
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Old 11-05-2019, 02:27 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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Old 11-05-2019, 05:12 PM
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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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Old 11-05-2019, 06:23 PM
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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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Old 11-06-2019, 11:24 AM
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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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Old 11-06-2019, 11:25 AM
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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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Old 11-06-2019, 12:01 PM
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Red/white

purple/silver
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:52 PM
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Mullet will work just go slow enough that they don’t spin.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:28 PM
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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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Old 11-12-2019, 05:51 AM
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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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