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Old 01-23-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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Light Tackle Kingfish

Anybody ever tried or succeeded in catching a kingfish on a Curado?
I'm thinking about trying this in the summer just for the fun and challenge of it. I just thought this might be make catching kings a lot more exciting

If y'all have any suggestions of what could be done to make this happen (specific line, rod action, lures, etc.), it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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I've tried but it tore up my Abu Garcia. Probably wouldn't try it again... Lol
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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Ive caught a few on my citica 200d spooled with 30lb power pro. I usually catch them on rattle traps the bigger and shinier the better, im going to try full size spooks this year. The biggest Ive caught this way came in a hair under 30lbs and almost had me spooled, but anything smaller is no problem on a smaller reel.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
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we used garcia 6000's on 7' yellow eagle claws and 15lb mono....big rattle traps and 2' of wire and a black swivel


that combo takes one heck of a beating



don't thumb the spool, I saw one impressive whole thumbprint blister years ago
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My first actual fish ever was a 20 lb kingfish on a sabiki rod and some reel. I was on bait duty for my uncle, catching pin fish for them to use on lings and kings. I was pulling up some bait when the king took my newly caught pin fish and started running. Uncle unhooked the anchor and we set off chasing the fish. I remember being scared to death the whole time since everything was happening so fast (I was 6 at the time). When I think back, that was the most awesome fight I ever had- even more so when I catch sow trout.
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You can catch most kings on 12-15 lb. tackle. You just have to be patient and not try to pressure the fish.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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Thanks for yall's input! It's greatly appreciated!
I'm just kind of stuck between using 20lb braid or 30lb braid since you can get a little bit more line onto the spool than compared to 30lb braid.
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Kingfish on Light Line

I catch kingfish on a regular basis from the beach. I use a 11 foot rod with a ABU 6000C on it. It is spooled with 20# test BG Monofilament.

I use a Rat -L-Trap or a bone colored spook as posted above. Sometimes, I will throw a large silver spoon at them.

I have caught kings and reds with a small jig while fishing for Pompano.

New for 2012: I was given a 300 yard spool of 20# test PP Braid which I'm going to put on a spinning reel and try it for kings. Wish me luck. C2
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The problem I have had is line capacity and braid digging with the curado's. Normally I troll for kings but I keep a curado with 20lb pp on 6'6" medium heavy with a leader and casting spoon ready. Often the fish will bust right beside the boat and I can toss the spoon into them. When a king or jack hits it instead of a smack, I usually have problems. They strip off a lot of line in the initial run. If you try to slow them with the drag, the braid wants to dig. I have not been spooled just because I've always lock the spool and broke them off. I have landed some successfully by using the boat to regain line.

I'm considering taking a gamble on an Ardent Edge with the nonreleasing levelwind. I wonder if it may help with the braid digging.
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I have caught kings on trout tackle. Abu 5500 with 12lb. test. They take the spool way down, but have always stopped and turned before spooling me. It's a lot of fun.

The kings were maybe in the 15 to 20 lb range, so it may be a completely different story if the big honker smoker bit.
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