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Old 03-12-2018, 11:36 AM
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Kingfish season is coming up and wanted to know what is the ultimate lure to catch them on? No live baits but dead bait included. I think I have narrowed it down to these...So if you could only choose one and only one, what would it be and at what size? I will be fishing off Tampa, Florida.

1) Spoon with planers

2) Russell Lures

3) Mac-a-Hoo or Pirate Plug with dead ballyhoo or cigar minnow

4) Yozuri Deep Diver

5) Rapala X-Rap

6) Manns Stretch
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I'm having amazing luck with the NOMAD DTX 165 deep diving minnows... I pull them about 6-7 mph, and they slay them.

Very nice design.

I also have GREAT luck with the Rapala X-Rap 30.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:27 PM
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I like spoons or any dark colored skirt with a bonita strip pulled behind a planer.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:32 PM
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How do you guys rig your X-raps? I have one of those new 40 magnums, I can't get it to dive. Also noticed after a day of trying to use it, the hook has side slapped the lure to the point that it has taken the paint off. Is this normal?

I have 25ft of 80lb mono straight to the lose ring.

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Old 03-12-2018, 12:39 PM
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Spoon with planner is tried and true.....

Plenty of fish seem to be caught on the mack a hoos but haven't really fished them myself.

Troll plenty of the deep divers here in south florida and catch plenty of fish on them but not many kings. The west coast of fl seems to get more kings on the plugs.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:42 PM
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Large Drone Spoons / Clark Spoons

Russell Lures

Rapala X-Rap / Husky Jerk Magnum / Classic Magnum

Manns Stretch

Halco Max

Yozuri Bonita

Squid Baits

Ballyhoo with an Islander

Naked Ballyhoo
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Mack-a-hoos with cigar minnows they work better than any other lure I've tried....you catch a lot of baby kings though. you need to be sure that you can tell the difference between the baby kings and spanish...
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Hard to beat a drone spoon behind a planer.
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Subd. Really want to get into trolling this year.
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XL Bonita strip double hooked with a dark sea witch!
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:03 AM
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XL Bonita strip double hooked with a dark sea witch!
That's what all the charters out of port everglades run. They despise the spoon
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Mack-a-hoos with cigar minnows they work better than any other lure I've tried....you catch a lot of baby kings though. you need to be sure that you can tell the difference between the baby kings and spanish...
The principle behind the mack-a-hoos, is that it makes your dead bait swim perfectly due to the way the hook lock's into the lead head. Don't really consider this a lure but good way to run a dead bait for sure. I run one in my spread with the rest being plain dead cigar minnows or skirted for kings. For a plain lure I would go with a drone spoon(white with silver flash) behind a planner.
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DMack_762, what hooks are those?

I have a lot of success with the Yozuri Crystal Minnow deep diver.

The X-raps are great too, but I catch more Mahi on them....and grouper on a downrigger.
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Only 1 choice? #3 1/2 DRONE spoon on a planer.
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I have never pulled he deep divers.. how do you set the drag? I assume as tight as needed to keep it from giving line out but then when it gets hit, can the fish run? 20 lb line ok for those plugs?
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I have never pulled he deep divers.. how do you set the drag? I assume as tight as needed to keep it from giving line out but then when it gets hit, can the fish run? 20 lb line ok for those plugs?
Believe it or not, it takes alot less drag to hold them than a planer. If it gets wacked, the fish can run.
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Acme Kastmaster 4oz spoon. Its 4in and heavier than most spoons so you can troll it a bit faster and cover more ground. Also if you troll it with braid and a wire leader it will get down deep and you won't need a planer. You can do a release clip off the stern to keep the line low and it will run about 6-8ft under the surface.


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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
I'm having amazing luck with the NOMAD DTX 165 deep diving minnows... I pull them about 6-7 mph, and they slay them.

Very nice design.

I also have GREAT luck with the Rapala X-Rap 30.
These look awesome. Do you have a link on where to get them? Do they come with the hooks? Thanks!
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Thanks for all the replies. Can't wait to try them all and figure which would be the alpha lure on them kings! lol
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Originally Posted by FT86TT View Post
These look awesome. Do you have a link on where to get them? Do they come with the hooks? Thanks!
You can get them at Striker Offshore Tackle and they come rigged with those inline hooks.
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