It’s All About Kingfish in Miami
Miami Kingfish on the Troll
This time of year, late summer and early Fall we see the best Kingfish catches trolling. We fish Bonita strips on double hook rigs with mylar and small skirts. I like to use blue, silver, white and pink skirts in combinations of colors. For example I was fishing a blue and silver four inch “bug” skirt with a pronounced eye in the skirt. I add a mylar insert under or behind the bug and another over the bug. Behind the lure set we fish double hooks with an over size swivel on the ring of the hook. We open the eye of the hook to add the trailer hook and the swivel. On the swivel we tie on a small piece of copper wire to hold the tip of the bonita strip. We choose the hook size to match the size of the bonita strip. We fish this rig on a long 60 pound leader attached to an Old Salty planner. The planer size is chosen to match the rod and line and how deep you want the bait to fish. For lighter outfits we fish a number 4 and the heavy outfits a number 8.
Every day we fish small feathers and flat head lures in the short riggers to target the Bonita. We then take the bonita’s and filet the side, trim the meat down and cut proper strips. The Bonita strips are tied to the copper wire first then hooked where the hook naturally lines up. Most important is the the strip lies flat and will swim strait and true. This rigg works so well when the Kingfish are in town that the hardest part is having enough strips to keep up with all the bites !