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Old 08-01-2018, 06:05 PM   #1
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Need advice on Reef Donkeys. I am going for the first time and try and get an AJ. I got a king the other day which I am sick of catching but when I pulled it up to the boat 3 huge AJ's came up with him I guess being curious. I think my Saragossa-20K can handle it with 65# braid? WHat do you guys think or advice on tackle/bait?
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Yup, that's plenty. Big ruby red, mingo, white snapper hooked in the back will get you a good one. I use 40 lb flouro until they get me into a wreck. Then I'll switch to 80 lb.
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That should handle them. I use special senator 4/0 and 6/0 with 80 or 100 lb braid and at least 100 lb leader about 8' long. Hardtails only with a 14/0 circle hook through the nose. When you drop try to be a little bit off the spot and just go half or qtr way down so when a big one gets on he doesn't take you straight into the wreck (or at least you have a chance). They're getting bigger and bigger now and I'm catching 30lbers fairly frequently which are big enough to easily pull line a locked down drag. You should be able to see them pretty easy on your bottom machine if they're there and early in morning is best for wary ones. Try to get them in as fast as you can as the sharks are horrendous now and you'll just end up feeding them.
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Ok thanks guys I will get some bigger hooks and jump up on the fluorocarbon leader. I can get some big threadfins but I will try some rubys as well.


ohh btw any Jigs you would recommend?
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Speed jigs will work for the smaller ones. You really don't need fluoro, just go 80#.
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Your 20 will handle them no problem. Any long speed jigs will also work. A decent blue runner, good live mullet, live big croaker, ruby, white snapper. All will work. Use a good length leader, the longer you can handle the better, and use a big strong circle hook.
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Ok great I will get the 3x strong mustads.
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Big big live bait. White porgies are my go-to. You can feel the small AJs tap the bait then a big one will load you up. Good Luck!
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Big ole vertical jigs or big live bait...We've hooked em on frozen cigs too though.
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You can troll your live baits to them on the near shore wrecks if the kings will leave you alone this time of year after catching 2 of them you will be tired lol fun to catch and smoke up!!
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