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Kingfish:


Kingfish:
Location: Beach, Ocean
Tackle: Baitcasting, Fly Fishing, Spinning
Technique: Drifting, Still Fishing, Trolling
Baits: Baitfish, Flies, Lures, Shrimp
Taste: Good, especially smoked or BBQ'd
World Record: 93 lbs. caught off San Juan, Puerto Rico 04/18/1999
Florida Record: 90 lbs. caught off Key West 02/16/1976


Fast, powerful and super aggressive, the King Mackerel is one of the most commonly targeted offshore gamefish on the Treasure Coast. Shaped like torpedoes with razor sharp teeth, the King Mackerel (also known as kingfish), are a schooling fish, although the largest tend to be loners at times. The average King Mackerel on the Treasure coast is from 8 to 20 pounds, but fish over 40 pounds are common, and fish over 60 pounds have been caught. They are abundant year-round, but the best fishing takes place during the months of April and May, and again in August-December, when large schools migrate through the area. Because they travel in schools, they respond well to live chumming, and become aggressive and competitive for their food to their point that they will readily eat flies. Live bait is deadly on kingfish, which often strike the rear of the bait, severing the tail to immobilize their quarry, before making a wide turn to return to eat the rest of the bait. Considered good table fare when eaten the same day or smoked, there is a 2 fish per person daily bag limit on King Mackerel with a 24 inch minimum size limit measured to the fork in the tail.