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Old 09-02-2017, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default 2 Perdido kings came unbuttoned!?!?

Had 2 kings hit the live baits I sabiki'd, but both came off after the initial run. Went about a mile or so out. I tightened the drag slightly before starting to reel and that is when they got off. Should I have just pumped and reeled instead?
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Old 09-02-2017, 08:33 PM   #2
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Got to keep the drag light on kings and be patient.
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Man, I was worried that tightening the drag screwed me. Oh well, I will try again in the morning and keep the drag light the whole fight.

I really would have liked to see that first king. He ripped at least a hundred yards in a very short time!
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:20 PM   #4
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Kings have soft mouthed, in spite of their razor sharp teeth.
Sometimes they come loose no matter how light the drag.
Assume you are using mono line and a lighter action rod with a soft tip.
These two things will help prevent too much tension, or on the other end of the scale slack line.
Either extreme can cause a lost fish.
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There is more drag where the king is than where you are. Five pounds at your rod tip might be 15 pounds where your hook is tied, if he is going fast, a long ways out, and sideways to you.

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Old 09-02-2017, 10:19 PM   #6
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RMS is spot on, don't use braid without a mono topshot.

How are you rigging your baits?
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:42 PM   #7
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I am using 50lb mono with a wire duster rig. Hearing the comments about soft mouths makes sense. I will stay light tomorrow and update. Thanks!
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You're using 50# mono for kayak fishing?
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:44 PM   #9
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I am using my bottom fishing outfits for king mackerel. Penn 4/0 reels spooled with 50lb mono. It's not ideal, but what I have. The reason I use them is the line capacity so I don't get spooled.
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My $0.02 is to not ever tighten the drag on a king when he is running unless you are seriously about to get spooled. Otherwise, just let him run. He may go 150 yards, but he will stop and then you can turn his nose towards you and reel him in. I think people see that line screaming off their reel and feel like they are losing the fish. Just let him run and be super patient, he will tire out before you do. I use a very very light drag too. Should be easy to pull off your reel, so easy it seemed odd to me when I first started targeting kings.
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