6/17/17 Kings Galore and a Mahi

Left Boca early Saturday and picked up some Gogs and Pilchards. Setup just south of Hillsboro - no wind at all, but a decent north current. We always drop a vertical jig when drifting livies and it seems to pay off. Had steady action most of the morning on the vertical jig between Kings and Bonita. Small kings not only destroyed our jigs, but also our live bait. Almost all of our bait got bit short, even the small pilchards :shrug Managed to get two Kings in the boat and kept one Bonita. Ran deep as bite slowed down and picked up a single Mahi on the only put together patch of weeds we saw all day in 700'-800'. Ran 15 miles out and there wasn't anything worth fishing out there. Follow us on Instagram: @reelcrankyfishingteam



  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 2,632 Captain
    Add a stinger hook, a bunch of those short striking kings will be coming in the boat. You might have one on your rig I can't see, if so, disregard post. :)
  • CaptNemoCaptNemo Posts: 161 Deckhand
    @pottydoc - I had a stinger on the Gog and they still miss it :huh :shrug :huh
  • FlfjackFlfjack Posts: 646 Officer
    That's one heck of short strike on that pilchard. Thanks for the report.
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  • Fish'n MissionFish'n Mission Posts: 11 Greenhorn
    Good pic's, you got some meat on the boat.... congrats. (I do very well vertical jigging as well).
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  • bowhunter4lifebowhunter4life Posts: 1,067 Officer
  • MacDocMacDoc Posts: 68 Greenhorn
    Good pic's, you got some meat on the boat.... congrats. (I do very well vertical jigging as well).

    Never tried vertical jigging. Got any tips for a newbie?
  • CaptNemoCaptNemo Posts: 161 Deckhand
    @MacDoc - If you're drift/kite fishing just drop one down when you're on drift. It's just another way get bites

    @bowhunter4life - The Triggers definitely got the best of one of those Pilchards
  • BarracudaBarracuda Posts: 767 Officer
    Where did you get the Pilchards in Boca?

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  • Joe PJoe P Posts: 188 Deckhand
    Those bite marks are not from Kingfish.............
    Kings will cut the bait in half like a razor cut, something was munching on your baits, like a bar jack!
  • Bacon for baitBacon for bait Posts: 593 Officer
    Definitely a 50lb wahoo.
  • butts182butts182 Posts: 173 Deckhand
    Excuse my ignorance, but do you use any steel leader when jigging when you are around the kings?
  • BullMarketBullMarket Posts: 186 Deckhand
    If you are drifting and you have an extra clip on your rigger you can run a line up the rigger with the vertical jig about 50' down. As long as the boat is rocking a bit, you can set it and forget it. Always comes as a fun bite when the clip pops and you forgot the thing was even there.
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  • evernicevernic Posts: 738 Officer

    this ^^^^^^^^^^^, kings slice like with a knife
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  • KwallaceKwallace Boca RatonPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    Also curious about using wire when jigging... and if you don't mind me asking, what depth were you getting the kings in?
  • CaptNemoCaptNemo Posts: 161 Deckhand
    @Kwallace - Kings were in 100' - 120'. We've found that once you put some wire on a jig it doesn't have the same "action" and not nearly many as bites, but I guess its better than losing the jigs...
  • JIMinPBJIMinPB Posts: 1,875 Captain

    That's what I was thinking. Short strikes from a king are more of a clean cut in a straight line.

    Also, about wire on jigs, I do use it when around kings. If you look around, you can find some of the jigs from Tsunami that come pre-rigged with cable on the hook. Occasionally I see replacement assist hooks from Owner on cable in a package of 2 or 3. They are hard to find locally. I have used both cable & single strand above the jig as well. Both work. As Nemo said, the number of bites does seem to be affected when you add the wire.
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