King Mackerel, Gulf of Mexico, FL.

Posted on January 1st, 2017

The nice thing about fishing the Gulf of Mexico, FL any time of year is that you can change up your fishing from deep-water, to shallow-water and target endless species of fish.


I had the pleasure of recently fishing with Tyler DeGraff who regularly guides and also works at Fine Bait & Tackle, North Port, Fl, and targeting one of his favorite fish, the King Mackerel.


King Mackerel also referred to as Kingfish roam the open ocean constantly in search of food. One of their favorite is the Cigar Minnow which we rigged on a light wire leader with a stinger treble hook and free-lines without any additional weight on the surface.


King Mackerel hit hard and reels are set on loose drag and clicker on. Once the fish grabs the bait it’s a matter of timing when to crank up on the drag and start fighting the fish. I tried using a 50 lb. Sufix Fluorocaron rig for my first fish and it only lasted about 15 sec. into the fight before being cut off (can you see those scissor teeth in the image above?!). That’s when I switched to Titanium rig which worked very well.

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