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Old 06-03-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
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I am new to gulf fishing and interested in doing more of it.
Just got my 2000 17' century and was wondering how far it is recomended to take out. I was trying to do some king fishing, wondering what works the best?? Has anyone ever used mullet? an advise will help??
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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Get some cigar minnows and troll them around any bait you find or just off the beach a bit. Put a skirt on it if youd like. Can also freeline live baits by structure or bait works like a champ either way
http://www.charlestonfishing.com/ima...ing%20rig3.gif
Heres a good rig
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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Live mullet work fine for kings...as do hardtails, cigar minnows and other live bait...here's a simple and effective rig to try:

good luck and let us know how you do!
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advise, I plan on going out monday and trying to get a smoker? any advise on (min.) size reel for kings or bull reds in the pass???
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You "could" catch a king on smaller tackle, but I'd say the best bet is going to be a 6000 or larger size reel. Let's say, for example, a Penn Battle 6000. It will hold 300 yards of 15lb mono which is enough. Has a very smooth drag (highly important for fish that run a lot). Only about $100. You could go a size or two larger, but it increases weight, and while it could help, it's not completely needed. If you're worried about line capacity, you can easily put 200+yards of 15lb braid under your 15lb mono and it will greatly increase the length of line you're working with.
As for finding a smoker on the beach, don't be upset if you don't get a big one right off the bat. While it is perfectly possible to catch a king over 40lbs near the beach (or even in the bay for that matter), it's not nearly as predictable as fishing some spots offshore.
The leader described in the above video will be just fine.
You mentioned mullet. Mullet are a great bait. Since you'll be headed right through plenty of bait (in and around the pass) plan on catching bait there and using live/fresh bait. You should be able to find cigar minnows, herring, threadfin, hardtails, etc. All of them will work quite well.
Good Luck! Take pictures and let us know how you do.
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Please excuse my ignorance but this type question goes back as far as my thinking "chrome reverse " referred to a special gear in the transmission and too embarrassed to ask for clarification. Are cigar minnows small mullet?
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no small mullet and cigar minnows are two different type of fish.
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Please excuse my ignorance but this type question goes back as far as my thinking "chrome reverse " referred to a special gear in the transmission and too embarrassed to ask for clarification. Are cigar minnows small mullet?
Cigar minnows look like this:

http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/bait...igarMinnow.cfm

You'll find big schools of them around the buoys outside of the Pensacola Pass.



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Thank you.
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Ditto what everyone else has said. I would add that Cigar minnows and herring are easy to catch right now and would be much better than trying to chase down mullet. IMO they are a much better bait for kings than mullet as well. I have fished countless king tournaments in the SE and we have definitely caught kings on mullet, but when you have cigs, hardtails, herring and mullet all set out for kings, we usually end up reeling in the mullet untouched while the kings attack the other said baits.
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