Kingfish Baits: Which Ones Will Lead to the Most Success?

Jess KContributor IIIJune 27, 2011

The kingfish mackerel is one of the most exquisite aquatic species you will ever see at an ICAST show. Literally from the beginning of spring to the end of the fall, thousands upon thousands of anglers participate in Kingfish tournaments. While thousands enter these tournaments, only hundreds have the correct fishing gear and bait, which allow them the opportunity to win the aforementioned tournaments. Today we will be looking at kingfish baits and which ones will bring you the most success.

In an industry where 90 percent of the product is the same, you can expect a lot of people to be using the same bait. When it comes to fishing for the kingfish, most anglers use menhaden shad, also known as pogies. Pogies are one of the more appetizing baits that game fish attract towards. Meaning to say, whether you are in a tournament along the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, you can find schools of pogies to wrap your nets around.

Another kind of bait used to attract the kingfish is called blood worms. No matter the bait you use, it is important to use a spinner hook to latch the bait onto. Essentially, the spinner hook provides a great grip on your fishing rod.  What also helps is using a seven foot casting net, as it can scoop up a plethora of pogies.

In terms of locating a school of pogies, simply put, the easiest way to find the school is to follow other fishing boats.  Once catching the pogies, you need to split them up between the ones you want to keep alive and the ones you want to store in your ice chest. Pogies, once being caught, tend to die quickly. What this means is that in order to attract the kingfish to your live bait, you need to transfer the pogies from the net into the live well, as the pogies will resuscitate themselves in the wells.