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I was planning on giving Pensacola Beach a shot in the yak in a couple of weeks. I plan on targeting kings. What are some good lures , bait , techniques you guys do . Thanks
 

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Some swear by dragging a cigar minnow on a king rig with a duster.. Of all of the kings that we have caught over the years, we have never caught one on this.

We drag frozen northern mackerel or live Ruby Red Lips on a king rig with a duster. We dont usually get 100-200 yards before we have a hook-up.
 

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1) Buy or make a duster similar to this:

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2) Buy or catch cigar minnows

3) Troll along the color change. You can vary your depth to dial in where the fish are located at, but if you're over a 1/4 mile from the beach, you're probably too far out.

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This time of year, the kings are generally pretty thick, so you could troll a variety of things and probably catch them. The above setup is just the tried-and-true trolling tactic of most kayak anglers.
 

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Single strand wire king rig with mylar duster trolled with live bait or dead cigs. I catch most of my kings between 40' and 55' depth.
 

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You don't have to "troll" either, if you are anywhere close to any structure or even just drifting you can just toss out a live or frozen cigar minnow or anything else. If you troll you just don't want your bait to spin or look bad, outside of looking bad you can catch a king on almost anything shiny. They are known to hit swivels, lead, and beads on bottom rigs being reeled up.
 

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Do they usually stay in the gulf or could they be seen in the bay's as well??
I haven't ran into any in choctawhatchee but I think last August l/September they were catching them over in the bay around pensacola. I think there's a bait migration they tend to follow inshore a little bit on certain tides, but you're probably better off in the gulf.
 
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