Florida’s Gulf of Mexico waters never cease to surprise me. Fish species constantly move in and out the inshore and off-shore waters. One day we fish a spot and hook into trophy King Mackerel, the next outing we fish the same spot and run into trophy Spanish Mackerel.
While you can catch both species trolling artificial lures, I love to fish for them using live baitfish that are free-swimming on the surface. To do this we run monofilament line (to avoid the baitfish swimming into limp braided line), and we use reels with lever-drags or “live-runners” to allow the fish to hit and take out line under little pressure…very exciting way to catch these sporty fish!!