If you flip back through all the King tournaments in NC last year - I think you will see live bait hooked the winning fish in just about all if not everyone of them. A dead ribbon fish also does fairly well.
Thanks largely to the professional anglers of the Southern Kingfish Association, a 25-pound king is a minnow today.
A couple of years ago, SKA national champion, Dave Workman, checked in at the weigh-in of the organization's Suncoast Classic in Sarasota and just shrugged his shoulders. He'd had plenty of action, but his name wasn't going up on the leaderboard.
"We caught six kings from 22 to 25 pounds," he said. "But it won't do us any good. You need a 30-pounder at this tournament just to make the leaderboard."
What the SKA pros did was come into the area and show the locals that the Gulf of Mexico, off Sarasota, is a veritable paradise when it comes to kings. "We feel Sarasota is one of the better stops on our tour," said Jack Holmes, SKA executive director at the time. "It's a great fishery, and our guys like coming here."
These days, it takes a king of about 45 pounds to win the event. Local anglers were quick to pick up on the techniques the pros employ and put them to good use. The main method is slow-trolling with live bait - a technique that produces more kings over 40 pounds than any other.
Dave - I'm not betting against you - no way - I have too much respect for your fishing abilities. If a king can be caught on a gummy worm, you would be the man to do it! Of course if Forrest shows up with his hat, no gummy worms are needed - the Kings will just jump in the boatWhat's funny is I dont even king fish!! They're rats of the ocean I tell ya! (snort snort while pullin up the waist band...)
Matter of fact, I'll bet anyone here a dollar that I can catch'm trollin gummie worms!