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What's a good brand of trolling lures for kings? I'm not looking for anything too expensive, just something I can hook up to a medium-heavy rod and let it out the back of the boat. Any specific colors work well? I've been trying this summer to catch some by freelining ribbonfish while fishing the rigs but haven't caught one yet.
 

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My favorite kingfish lure has always been a big orange Mirrolure. I can never remember the model number to the thing, but is has a metal lip on it and runs a little below the surface. It always seemed to outperform everything else in the spread. Never caught any huge fish, but it certainly had the record for sheer numbers of fish caught. Also try a big rattletrap in dorado color.
 

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Every King I have caught this summer has been on trolling. Most were caught on $3 feather lures from Acme . I have had my best luck with green lures. The other lures that have been very productive are Mann Magnum Strech Serie. They run a little deeper and last year were very productive. And also all kings we have caught this summer have been less that 15 miles off the beach.
 

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King Trolling Lures

Russell Lure and now there is a knock off called "King Getter". You need to troll a little slower as these have some significant action. These were marked down at Academy in North Houston last year and I bought about 20 for ~ 3$ each. Best luck I have had was on Silver & Gold. Chartruese works also, but the Jack Cravelle seem to come for miles for this one. Not sure about now, but Texas State record was held by a king caught on a Russell at one time.

BPS Dolphin Candy with a Cigar Minnow works pretty good also.

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Several years ago we used to caught alot of kings on Russell/King Getter But starting last year I have been have trouble with them staying in the water. That seem to run to the side and them come out of the water. I have the new ones don't even seem to work right either I even slow down to 5 knots maybe I am still going too fast.

The Dolphin candy work good. And I used to rig w/ Cigar Minnow but have had just as good luck lately w/o at about 10 knots.
 

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when the come out of the water as long as they got back in the water w/o fouling up we have had good success like that. had kings come flying out of the water hitting the lure as it would skip. but they foul up alot if they aren't running right

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ya mine normally foul up. I was told that they have to be tuned sometimes. If they have been hit by fish hard or had heavy stuff put on them in the store they will bend and then you have to bend them back to the right shape.
 

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Ok here's my 2cents, If you want to catch big kings you have to use natural baits.
I make my own leaders, 2hook for live hardtails or 3 to 4 hook rigs for ribbon fish.
then dress them up with a kingbuster or little stubby or lil swimmer or tuna tango.
they are skirts from C&H Lures. to catch big kings consistently use natural.
then slow troll or as I call it a calculated drift, troll at a idle or bump troll. I think if you ask the tournament guys they will tell they imploy many of these tactics. Also don't forget that a downrigger is a good tool for kings.

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get some 2.5 oz or so 6-7 inch plastic and troll it around 7 or 8 mph. Early in the morning the kings will skyrocket on them. It is a blast. Your hookup ratio will be lower, but it is awesome to see kings come 20 feet out of the water on them. Troll them in a V, starting with one in the propwash. You will catch bonita, dolphin, sails, etc. doing this as well. All around best color is PINK. But sometimes they like something different, like this weekend blue and green seemed to be the color... just throw out an assortment.
I like these much better than russel lures, rapalas, etc. because you can troll them faster, see them behind the boat, they don't foul and you rig them on wire with a single hook so it makes releasing fish much easier.
The kings will go deep when the sun gets up (9 or 10 am) and the boat traffic gets heavier. Then go to the deeper plugs. I like Marauders - you can troll them fast and they have good single hooks on them. But they are pricy. I have replaced trebbles with singles on rapalas/mirrolures and that makes them easier to handle with fish.
 

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live or natural bait slow is the way to catch big kings but i think this guy just wants to catch some kings. if you do want to make your own lures, get some feather heads i like any combination of red, white, blue, yellow. run some wire leader thru it crimp on a hook and a trailor hook, tip it w/ a spanish sardine or cigar minnow and troll about 5-7 knts


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I agree that the best choice is natural bait. However, I have caught quite a few bigger fish on lures. My fovorite lures are the Yo Zuri Bonita lures. I like the smaller ones in the dark colors. Rapala CD14s work well too. A friend of mine caught a 42 lb king next to the coast guard station going out the jetties in SPI. He starts trolling there becuase the boat he runs is so slow. It was caught on a standard Moldcraft Widerange.
 

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The Russel Lures have three split rings to attach your line to. The first one (closest to the front of the lure) will work the bait shallow and you can run a little faster. The middle will put it down a little deeper and the third one will run it deep. You have to decrease your tolling speed when you increase your trolling depth to keep the lure in the water. These lures have a lot of side to side action and when they get deeper and you are going too fast the lure will run to the side and eventually break the surface.
 

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Thanks Cat
I have had them on the third so it will dive deep thinking it would say down. So maybe I will try the first split ring this coming week.
 

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I agree with all the info included above, especially large live baits bump trolled for larger kings. One of my best producers over the years have been single hook spoons 6"-9" long, like the Drone or Pet Spoon. These are subsurface baits that spin and pull from the surface to 2' deep. Always rig them on 105lb wire or 150 LB mono with a ball bearing swivel on the leader. You can pull the larger spoons in the prop wash 25'-50' behind the boat (adjust the length to get the bait to zig-zag on the surface,) but beware...fishing close can cause some explosive strikes. Set your drag light so the fish don't get pulled back into the engines or worse into the cockpit.
 

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That's a commercial fishing trick, Capt. Lowtide. I've seen commercial guys troll three drones on hand lines behind the boat and catch HUNDREDS of kings. The guy working the handlines had shoulders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He'd just jerk em in.
 

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next day we get I'm going deeper! That stuff really addicting. 40 mph on flat seas was easy! Also boxed a few snaps (all 16.5-17) didn't get into any dorado but maybe next time.

Had one kind hit a ribbon on a flat line. He rocketed a godd 10' straight up in the air, one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile.

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There's one lure I've used all over the world and caught Kings, Grouper, Wahoo, Sails and even snapper on. It's the Rapala CD18 Magnum in either green or blue mackerel. The red/white ones seem to work best for grouper when slow trolled near the bottom using a downrigger. On occassion the CD14's work better, especially if the Kings are smaller schoolies. The Rapala is easy to deploy and tracks well at speeds up to 7mph.
 
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