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Old 07-03-2016, 09:21 AM   #1
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I've seen guys on the pier throwing what looks like a X-rap, but not sure what kind it is. Any other suggestion?
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In my opinion, the 5" Yo-Zuri floating mag minnow in the gold/black color is the best lure ever for pier fishing.

I bet I've donated 20 of them to kings and tarpon over the years. The weighted magnet system in them make them perfect for pier fishing. During the cast, all the weight moves toward the tail, making them cast straight like a dart, much further than you can throw a live bait, especially in a strong wind. During the retrieve, the weight moves forward, since it is a floating lure, it gives it just enough to dig in and stay below the surface, even though you're 30 feet off the water.
http://yo-zuri.com/lure/mag-minnow/
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thanks for the tip. Do I need to use wire when I use the artificial on kings?
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thanks for the tip. Do I need to use wire when I use the artificial on kings?
I would, for sure. 60lb sevenstrand in my opinion is great. It's a bit bigger than most use, but you don't have to worry about them being leader shy, and anything smaller will eventually break due to abrasion and whatnot from the amount of casts you'll make, no point in slinging off a $20 lure.
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John B set the hook,

Can't recommend anything else unless you want to throw some heavy soft swimbaits, but it's 1 per fish.
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Rapala CD14 in "green mackerel" gets my vote
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:33 PM   #7
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You might also try a Hopkins spoon. You can throw it a mile. Spoons work well for kings, but I fish from a boat.
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I've had success with diamond jigs in various colors, but my favorite is a holographic silver finish. You can work the entire water column with them, and can reach fish out of range with bait and conventional lures.
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this may be a stupid question but i saw a live target spanish mackerel has anyone used them from piers?
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this may be a stupid question but i saw a live target spanish mackerel has anyone used them from piers?
I have one but yet to use it
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