Hot Kingfish Bite

April 16, 2016 by Tony Zain

Trip Info

The Catch
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

We had a great kingfish bite on Saturday morning. The weatherman issued a small craft advisory and predicted nasty winds and rain for the day. Luckily, when I woke up and looked out the window, the weather was picture perfect. We headed out with live pilchards and drifted in 130 ft of water. We were immediately cut off on both of the surface rods without wire. Fishing here in Miami is an interesting balance between fishing wire leader or mono leader. As a captain, my goal is to catch everything that bites our line, whether it be a remora, a shark, a barracuda, etc. I just love to see tight lines. But there seem to be times where the fish will not bite if you are using wire leader. I am not 100 percent sure if the wire makes a big difference or not. The idea is the fish can see the wire leader and will shy away from biting the bait. But as fisherman we always experiment and try fishing both wire and mono to see what gets bit the most. When the fish are biting the mono and not the wire, we say to ourselves the wire will not work. And there are days when I get plenty of blackfin tuna, sailfish, and kingfish on wire, when traditionally you would think they would bite better on the harder to see mono leader. The point is, when you begin to get cut off on the mono leaders multiple times, it is time to switch to wire. It can be a maddening mental game. So on Saturday we switched to wire and we caught multiple kingfish over 20 pounds, a nice barracuda, and a couple of nice mutton snapper in our 4 hour day.
Tight Lines!
Captain Tony

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