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I have only been once, and it was like 10 years ago. I remember rigging freshly dead ribbon fish at the end of 30lb line and trolling just outside the SPI jetties in figure eights till the rods bent.

I'd like to go after some King Fish now in my own boat. Can anyone please point me in the right direction; line weight, leader, rig(s) or technique? I plan to use the live ribbon fish rig available at Academy and do the same thing as I did with friends 10 years ago. Any direction is arppreciated.
 

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Ask this on the Bluewater Board.....

but a simply answer is a hook through the nose and a treble (lg) in the side ... 20 pound test and a 50 pound leader no weight and your good to go!!!!


might tie up to a rig and chum some also!!!!!

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Was out with a friend this past Saturday, we went out about 37 miles from the Galveston jetty. We made 2 stops: 1st was at a yellow rig with a helicopter platform, 1st rig we ran into heading out. 4 person limit on King here. We ended up at an artifical reef that has a Texas Parks and Wildlife sticker on a yellow bouey for Red Snapper and Grouper, there was about 5 boats here.

I had 30 lbs test with a wire leader that has two trebble hooks. The bait was small frozen ribbon fish. One through the mouth and one at mid body of the bait. No weight, and a floater at about 10 feet.

Tight Lines.
 

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dennis_99 said:
I have only been once, and it was like 10 years ago. I remember rigging freshly dead ribbon fish at the end of 30lb line and trolling just outside the SPI jetties in figure eights till the rods bent.

I'd like to go after some King Fish now in my own boat. Can anyone please point me in the right direction; line weight, leader, rig(s) or technique? I plan to use the live ribbon fish rig available at Academy and do the same thing as I did with friends 10 years ago. Any direction is arppreciated.
Stay away from the live ribbon rigs. I bought 4 packages (as in 8 rigs) had 8 hits and no fish. The rigging is done very cheaply all I had eft was the weighted head left. Maybe I got a bad batch but I would expect it to at least hold up to one king. ARe you planning on trolling? Right now we have been having a lot of success trolling russel lures www.russelures.com Also seems like the white bodied red head rapala divers have been really popular. If you are not going to troll use a two hook wire rig with 4/0 treble hooks. Frozen ribbon fish work but we seem to have much better luck with sardines freelined.
 
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