Trawling lures

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ronnies
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Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:34 pm

Hey guys

I pretty new to kayak fishing. Can anyone give me a bit of advice on what kind of lures have been working for you when trawling for kingfish?

Thanks!

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Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:34 pm

Found live baits work the best for slow trawling for kingies
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Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:56 pm

ZIPTYD wrote:Found live baits work the best for slow trawling for kingies
Thanks for the reply.
My live bait catching skills have been pretty bad. Do you catch live bait first off the shore before heading out?

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Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:27 am

ronnies wrote:
ZIPTYD wrote:Found live baits work the best for slow trawling for kingies
Thanks for the reply.
My live bait catching skills have been pretty bad. Do you catch live bait first off the shore before heading out?

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I normally catch my liveys on the water using a small silver jig, but I must admit it is the weak link in my king I targeting.

I have just bought some new sabikis to try out and an aerator so I can potentially catch some live airs before I head out.


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Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:28 pm

The last few trips out, I have caught Kingis just trolling a bibbed lure...
I would suggest trolling anything you have and the chance of picking something is there :y:

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Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:15 pm

awondering wrote:The last few trips out, I have caught Kingis just trolling a bibbed lure...
I would suggest trolling anything you have and the chance of picking something is there :y:

What kind of bibbed lure have you been trolling Awondering? And what colour? I've had my best success for snapper on a gold Dr Evil, but the bib is so big there's only so long I can troll it for.

I've tried a Strikepro Supersonic in silvery grey too. It's easier to tow, but doesn't seem to be as successful - even though the colour seems more realistic.
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:41 pm

Casualtyward wrote:
awondering wrote:The last few trips out, I have caught Kingis just trolling a bibbed lure...
I would suggest trolling anything you have and the chance of picking something is there :y:

What kind of bibbed lure have you been trolling Awondering? And what colour? I've had my best success for snapper on a gold Dr Evil, but the bib is so big there's only so long I can troll it for.

I've tried a Strikepro Supersonic in silvery grey too. It's easier to tow, but doesn't seem to be as successful - even though the colour seems more realistic.
Its actually a Daiwa Bibbed lure with beefed up trebles, the rear hook heat shrunk, running 60lb fluoro leader just so I can man handle the fish using the leader until the fish is secure enough to deal with the trebles :sweat:

Its not a real deep diver, so have it either on top or just under, dependent on weather and wind :y:
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:11 pm

Why the heat shrink? Rigged dead baits ( piper / ballyhoo in particular) swim well at kayak speeds when trolled. Some popular trolling lures don't work at our speeds. Dr.Evil can run deep ( 11m+) and are great for snapper. A good budget subsurface hard body is this one from West Shell. I have replaced the trebles with single hooks . Snapper , kahawai and rat king so far.
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:29 pm

Heat shrink is because the hooks are oversized and if running high, when they pop out of the water it stops the hooks engaging together...

They dont have to be deep to catch snapper, I often pick them up top water, these I am dragging through fairly shallow water... I do have deep divers, but rarely use them...

And yer run singles if you want or back to back singles. I choose to run trebles :!:


You know the lure is running well when you can feel it vibrating through the length of kayak :)

But the key is to get something in the water when paddling, even its a SB on a jig head, I have caught some beaut fish doing this, and bugger all resistance from a paddling point of view...

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Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:29 pm

Yes. If you are paddling you might as well be fishing! :D
I have been surprised at how close to the surface snapper will hit.
GoFish Tackle have Savage Gear Reel Eels on clearance, I have a few, they good when dragged :y:
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:58 pm

Thanks for the tips guys!

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