The Best Rig & Bait For Kingfish (When Trolling Nearshore)
Have you heard of a stinger rig?
It’s the most simple and effective rig when trolling for kingfish.
And it is quick and easy to make!
So in this video, you’ll learn how to make a stinger rig and what bait I use when trolling for kings nearshore.
Check out the video below!
Best Rig & Bait For Kingfish [VIDEO]
A stinger rig will catch a lot more than just kings.
But since kingfish are known for striking at baits and missing the lead hook, this rig will help “sting” them when they are taking a swipe.
How To Make A Stinger Rig
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Single strand wire, 50 – 60 lb
- Barrel swivel
- Treble hooks
- Egg sinkers, 3/4 oz.
Here are the steps for making a stinger rig:
Step 1: Cut off a 2ft strand of wire.
Step 2: Take a barrel swivel and connect on one end of the piece of wire with a haywire twist. The other end will be connected to your main line.
How To Make A Haywire Twist:
- Run the wire through the eye of the swivel.
- Run wire back over itself to make a loop.
- Apply pressure to wire with pliers.
- Twist wire 4 times around itself.
- Barrel wrap the wire at a 90-degree angle.
- Cut off the tag end or bend the wire until it snaps for a cleaner/less sharp end.
Step 3: Take 2 egg sinkers and add them to the wire.
Step 4: Add the first hook with a haywire twist.
Step 5: Take a 6 inch strand of wire and tie it onto the loop of the haywire twist that’s securing your first hook.
Step 6: Repeat this two more times so that you have 3 hooks that are secured with a haywire twist and connected with a haywire twist.
Best Bait For Kingfish
Ribbonfish are super shiny in the water and attract kingfish incredibly well.
You can use live or dead ribbonfish but you’ll need to rig them differently.
Rig a live ribbonfish with its mouth open and rig a dead ribbonfish with its mouth shut.
Your first treble should go through the mouth from the bottom and out through the nose.
And you don’t want any tension in the wire, so straighten out the wire as you place your hooks.
Run your second and third hooks just above the ribcage.
Anglers often complain that kings will come in and take out the middle section of their bait.
But if you use a ribbonfish with this rig and hook it properly, this should “sting” a kingfish no matter where they strike.
What’s your favorite set-up when trolling for kings?
Let me know down in the comments.
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