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Old 04-14-2017, 11:05 AM   #1
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Kingfish rig hook size?

I am just curious as to how you guys make yours. I usually do the three hooks with wire, and what is the reasonable size hook that we can use?
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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We have been using two 4x strong treble hooks on wire. A #2 treble with a trailing #4(or #2) treble.

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Old 04-14-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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3/8-1/2 jighead, knotty hookers are stout for plastics.
Vmc size 2 or 4 treble.
Gamakatsu 7/0 circle.
Either one under a 1/2 ounce midcoast cork, about 4 plus feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon to swivel to less than a foot of wire to single hook.

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Old 04-17-2017, 09:53 AM   #4
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We never used treble hooks in the king tournaments and never got hurt either. Caught some big ones and released a bunch, even low-40 pounders when we were out there having fun. Just use a single 6/0 J-hook. More information in this book, available at Seafavorites.com
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:35 AM   #5
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Depends on what the bait is. For cigar minnows, a single hook will work, but for ribbon fish you'll want a stinger rig with a skirted "J" hook and #4 4x Strong Gamakatsu treble hooks connected with Malin 61# stainless steel wire. Do not use shiny hardware especially where your mono connects to the stinger rig or you will get bit off. Hook the ribbon fish from the bottom jaw through the top of the head with the "J" hook, then attach the treble hooks down the side of the ribbon fish. See picture here -http://www.flwfishing.com/tips/2006...ing-ribbonfish

The space between the treble hooks should be about 8".
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If you're an avid kingfish angler and you've never read the Kingfish Bible, you owe it to yourself and your kingfish game to procure a copy and pay careful attention as you read it. Joe Richard won so many king tourneys back in the 70s and 80s that he was eventually banned from all the bigger ones. I have copies of the original Kingfish Bible and the "New Revelations" version. Very informative and some of his tales are very entertaining.
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three J-hooks with size 6/0
one trebble hook with size 2 at the end
Try to get the J hooks on the ribbon fish body and trebble hook hanging out at the tail.
This is a killer rig I've been using for kings.
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if you're fishing for fun and to catch a bunch of kings, 6/0 O'shaugnessy hooks are the way to go. King tournaments, we will use treble (4x strong vmc or gamakatsu #1 and #2s) for stingers on live baits or ribbonfish. Rigging is dependent on the size of the bait. Big ribbons (>30 inches) can require a nose hook and up to 3 or 4 stingers. larger live baits can require two stingers and a nose hook. Once you start using trebles, be EXTREMELY careful. I have removed more than a few from myself and my fishing partners.
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