Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Set up a king mackerel trolling spread

Steve Papen

Steve Papen

What's hot: The spring migration of king mackerel is getting close. The leaders of the pack have arrived. Look a bit deeper than usual for these fish due to the cooler water temperatures near the coast. Live baits such as cigar minnows and Spanish sardines are not thick, but if you bounce from wreck to wreck you will find them. As usual, steel leaders are a must when targeting these toothy fish. Try a 31-pound wire coupled to a 2/0-3/0 tow hook and a size 4-6 treble hook set about 4 inches behind.

Tips: The first bait in the spread should be the smallest and farthest back. Typically we use Spanish sardines. The next couple of baits usually will be cigar minnows staggered 40-60 feet on either side of the spread. The next bait out will be a bit larger, such as a blue runner, which will be deployed on a downrigger at about half of your depth. The last bait should be the largest, a big runner or mullet. Set this bait in the prop wash, about 15-20 feet behind the boat. Slow-troll at 1-2 knots to get the best results and make the baits look as natural as possible.

Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.

Captain's Corner: Set up a king mackerel trolling spread 03/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No. 7 Florida finishes No. 17 Gonzaga in 2OT; No. 1 Duke up next for Gators

    College

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 35, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime Friday night at the PK80 Invitational.

  2. Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.

  3. Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

    Footballpreps

    LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.

    Plant running back Leonard Parker is lifted up by teammate Micah McFadden after he ran for the game-winning touchdown during the second half of the game between Plant and Lakeland at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.
  4. Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

    Footballpreps

    IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn't truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.

  5. State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

    Footballpreps

    CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night's Class 3A state semifinal game.

    Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker Deandre Fitz-Henley cries at the end of the state semifinal between Clearwater Central Catholic and Chaminade-Madonna on Friday, November 24, 2017, in Clearwater. The final score was Clearwater Central Catholic 3 and Chaminade-Madonna 49.