In a perfect world, all Hydro Derby participants would essentially just bring a sharp knife and some chopsticks to consume the catch as fresh as possible. However the reality is that most of the Hydro time will be spent hauling in small fry taking photos of them next to cans for submission. Could it be worth hanging out for that kingfish…
Here are the hot tips for getting those Kingfish for a much needed light snack onboard your yellow uber super boat:
Natural reefs come in all shapes, sizes and depths, making them one of the most sort after structures for the boat owner to find when it comes to chasing kingfish. This reef can be both natural or artificial and made up of a variety of materials. There are several places that kingfish will holed up on a reef. It could be where the edge of the reef meets the sand or broken shale, rises or hollows in the reefs surfaces and areas that may have other large structures on it (wrecks).
Over the years I have found that it doesn’t matter what depth of water the reef is in you will need to anchor near or on the reef and lay out a berley trail to bring the baitfish to the back of the boat. This inturn will bring the kingfish. The rigs used here can be the same as when fishing next to a breakwalls, groynes, fixed markers or floating navigation buoys, bridge pylons and mooring drums.
Due to the fact that most reefs are influenced strongly by the currents, I have found that you will need to concentrate your efforts to about an hour and a half either side of the tide. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s the bottom or the top of the tide. Just as long as the water is not screaming past your boat.
Moored boats and floating debris should not be pasted by when it comes to chasing kingfish. They just love to hang around them, especially in the shade. As you slowly drift past them (an electric motor is a big help) you could cast an unweighted live bait near them. Not only does the shadow of the boats themselves attract the fish, so do the mooring ropes and chains. It is the growth that forms on the ropes and chains that inturn will attract the baitfish, which in turn attracts the larger predators like kingfish.
You can also anchor up near a group of moored boats and lay out a berley trail, while at the same time feed out lightly weighted live baits to the underside of the boats and their moorings. The only problem that does occur is when the fish bust you off on the moorings.