Posted June 07 2011 - 08:26 PM
Posted June 08 2011 - 07:56 AM
Don't forget to read what others have written in the semi-monthly reports - this is a good indication of what's in the surf. GL
Posted June 08 2011 - 09:06 AM
I think real bloodworms, small strips of kingfish belly or spot fillet, shrimp, shedder fleas, are all as a rule better baits. But the absolutely best bait on a consistent basis is peeler crab.
Posted June 08 2011 - 09:53 AM
Posted June 08 2011 - 12:23 PM
Posted June 08 2011 - 12:54 PM
...sorry I'm bored and its really hot outside
I tie my own, use small circles (1/0) and may or may not use 'floats'...
I usually tie two hooks per rig... typical high/low you find in stores... but I have a few "super" rigs which can have up to 3 hooks, sort of like a sabaki rig... and a single hook (that can cast like a single 5oz weight) over the bar.
and per a Doctor I know.... they are WHITING, not kingfish
Posted June 08 2011 - 01:24 PM
Oddly fresh king fillets suck for king bait. Guess they aren't carnivorous
I cut the belly meat out of a previously caught "kingfish / whiting / ling / sea mullet / sea monkey" and tear up the "kingfish / whiting / ling / sea mullet / sea monkeys".
Careful Marcus, I think there is a 3 hook per rig limit in MD.
I like Gamakatsu #4 "finess" hooks. They have a wide gap for a small hook so the bait doesn't obstruct the point. They are super sharp and very fine wire so they set very easily. Usually a 3-hook top/middle/bottom rig. Maybe an orange bead for color but no float.
Fish those rigs on a very limber rod with braid. The fish will take the rod down and the combination of the recoil with the limber rod, the no-stretch line and the super sharp, fine hook will set the hook. Works great in a spike. Common to reel in with a fish on every hook.
Posted June 08 2011 - 01:39 PM
When I eat them, they are Kingfish...Whiting is bait haha..
I usually start with a plain homemade hi low and a small store bought float rig when I am trying for KF..If one rig is working better.I'll change over the low liner to match the high liner.
If I am drum fishin,I usually keep one rod out for KF with a scrap of spot or bunker and some FB.Whiting heads make a nice drum bait.
I tie rigs with 2 very short (2-3") hook loops and the sinker on the bottom to use when I want max distance.If you put small pieces of FB on a rig like this it will really go..
Posted June 08 2011 - 01:41 PM
Posted June 08 2011 - 01:50 PM
I think i figured it out... for WHITING you can use a sabiki rig, since they are considered "baitfish".... but for Kingfish, its only a 2 hook minimum.... so Plug, when you use the 3 hook rig, just tell them that one of the hooks are for Kingfish and the other ones are for WHITING only...
Posted June 08 2011 - 02:56 PM
Posted June 08 2011 - 03:00 PM
Posted June 08 2011 - 03:17 PM
Menticirrhus americanus - Southern Kingfish: This species grows to 20 inches (51 cm) in length. Seven to eight dark bands mark the sides which shade from dusky above to almost white on the belly. They are found from the Western Caribbean Sea to Cape Cod and most of South and Central America's east coast, over sand or mud in depths of at least 5 feet (1.5 m). This species is prized for its flesh, and is fished both commercially and recreationally.
Menticirrhus littoralis - Gulf Kingfish: The body is silvery in color and occurs in the surf zone from the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. In all other respects it is similar to M. americanus.
Menticirrhus saxatilis - Northern Kingfish: The size, habits, range and fishery is similar to M. americanus. The coloration is the same too, except for a dark V-shaped mark on the shoulder.