Introduction to Kingfish

Kingfish, or King Mackerel, are a prized catch for offshore anglers in the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Ponce Inlet areas. These large, fast-swimming fish are known for their long, powerful runs and are a thrilling catch for any angler looking for a challenge.

When to Fish for Kingfish

The peak season for Kingfish in these regions is during the summer and early fall. This is when the water temperatures are ideal, and Kingfish are most abundant and active, especially in the offshore waters of Daytona Beach and near the Gulf Stream currents close to New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet.

Where to Fish for Kingfish

Offshore Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach are renowned for their Kingfish action, particularly around wrecks and reefs. The waters near Ponce Inlet, especially beyond the breakers, are also known for producing large Kingfish, especially when trolling near bait schools.

How to Fish for Kingfish

Trolling with live bait such as blue runners or rigged ballyhoo is a popular and effective method. Using downriggers to keep the bait at the desired depth can increase chances of a strike. Kingfish are known for their sharp teeth, so wire leaders are a must to prevent cut-offs.

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