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I am trying to figure out King Mackerel fishing this year. I would like to know what is a good trolling speed for them. My nephew said just in gear so your making a bit of headway. The other question I have is this.... what is the best way to keep your bait, alive or dead, from spinning ? I guess I am looking for ideas on how to keep them upright like they are naturally supposed to be. Sometime I use previously caught Spanish and Blues if I cannot find the Pogies and they like to twist and look very unnatural. Someone said when using rigged Ballyhoo to put a pin through there head and down through just behind the gill plate and that will keep the upright ????? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance. jon
 

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Trolling speed varies depending on what you are using. When fishing live pogies, you basically just want to keep the boat moving a little forward and you want to allow the bait to swim naturally... bump in and out of gear... for dead baits (cigar minnows, etc) and/or drone spoons you troll faster...

The easiest way to rig dead cigar minnows, etc to ensure they do not spin is to use pirate plugs (South Chatham Tackle makes them)... pretty much makes rigging the bait impossible to mess up.
 
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