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Old 07-01-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Kings don't like my Stretch colors this year...

Ok, lots of us here love pulling stretches for kings, when we don't feel like going 1kts pulling live cigs or threadfins. My best bites have traditionally come on Stretch 30's (the big suckers) but the 25's seem to do just fine. I've always had great luck on the white body/red head and the hot pink. I've got 3-4 other colors but those have always been my go-to. I tend to pull them around 4 knots. At times I'll also pull YoZuri crystal minnows, but have not yet established them as my go-tos.

This year, I may have well been pulling turds through the water. They just no likey.

So you might be thinking, you chump, you are just pulling them where the kings aren't. Well, you might be right, by I've been fly lining threadfins and pin fish and still picking em up at a decent clip (when I can get the baits past the sharks that is).

So my question for you, my wise fellow PFF'ers, is... What colors are you pulling this year for luck and what speed are you pulling them at?

I mean really, catching kings isn't rocket science...but I'm beginning to look like a serious chump in the eyes of the folks that fish with me, busting out all this gear and just burning gas.

Wazzup?
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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I have always done best with dolphin or firetiger.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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I've been pulling stretch 30 purple and a 25 in mahi colors and a 25 in mullet. The mahi and mullet is working ok. Caught a few on em. Nothing likes the purple!
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Phil I am not understanding your speed that you troll. I CONSISTENTLY catch kings (Caught three today) pulling dusters with frozen cigar minnows at just under 5mph, actually I try to keep it at around 4mph. I do pull a red and white stretch 25 along with it, but get 80% more hits on the duster and frozen cigs which is what all three I caught today were on. I would suggest increasing your speeds and switching to tried and true FROZEN cigs and duster rigs.
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He said he is pulling them at 4 knots, or about 4.5 mph. Which is correct. He also mentioned pulling live cigar minnows and thread fins. Which is correct. I guess I'm confused by why you are confused on his speed?
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Very, Very Confusing.
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I saw the 1knt for live, which threw me, but bottom line for whatever reason they are not biting stretches as much as they are hitting froze cigars.
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Xrap in dorado works well for me. buddy uses a yo-zuri and nails them as well.
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we been hammering em on Stretch 25's in Chartreuse, Rapala CD 18's in green mackeral, we always pull both about 5.5 MPH.....
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Stretch 25s will definitely catch them proficiently, but I've had better luck with the Mahi colored ones and not the red head and white bodied ones. Nothing really beats a rigged up cigar though. It seems like as soon as a fresh one hits the water, all the kings in the area know about it.
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