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Old 04-27-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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I need your help again. What is the best way of trolling around Ft. Morgan for King and Spanish ? I read a lot about live bait?! How do I rig it and what is the right speed? I am planning to fish this weekend and will post a report if we get something. Thanks in advanced!
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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im not a senior didnt get that part but its simple as long as u have bait and can twist wire to drag them u just slowly bump the boat in and out of gear just fast enough to keep the baits behind the boat if u see a bait on top u are going way to fast

as far as tackle take 2 ft or #5 single strand wire use the haywire twist to conect it to a swivle or put a loop if u want to use a snap swivle then conect the other end to a 2 ot short shank live bait hook single then add a #1 3x trebal to that with # 6 or 7 wire aproximatly half to 2thirds as long as the baits u are fishing then just get in with the other boats fishing that way u will find out if u fish a crowded spot they all get into a circle work with the other boats folow their direction dont cross the opisite direction and u will catch fish sooner or later u can go up or down on hook and wire sizes once u are more familiar with it but there is a start pm me if u need any more help good luck
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Just troll spoons at the mouth of the bay, using live bait for kings and spanish is pointless right now.
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Save gas and just drift live bait if there's any wind or current. The speed will be about right and with no weight, they will be in the zone.

And you can get more bait in the water with a "poor boys" downrigger. Use some outrigger clips and some real heavy weights on 100 lb mono tied to one of your clips. If you don't want to use rigger clips use rubber bands with heavy snap swivels.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the help! Unfortunately I was not able to give it a try this weekend. I will try again next weekend!
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #6
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Just troll spoons at the mouth of the bay, using live bait for kings and spanish is pointless right now.
I like to slow troll hardtails and cigs off the beach in my kayak and the kings are on 'em early. Seems like a pretty good bite early off the piers on livies as well.
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