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THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A MACRO SHOT OF A KINGFISH. DID YOU GET IT RIGHT? READ ON TO FIND OUT MUCH MORE ABOUT THIS FEROCIOUS TOOTHY PREDATOR.
Were you guessing what fish was featured in the close up photo on Instagram or Facebook from Monday? The answer was a Kingfish. If you guessed correctly, congrats!
King Mackerel, otherwise known as Kingfish, are a migratory species of Mackerel that are known to live in the subtropical waters of the Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Kingfish are normally caught in depths of 40-150 feet and have been know to reach weights up to 90 pounds.
Kingfish are known to be one of the most sought after game fish in the sport fishing world. This is because they are voracious predators that will fight with long violent runs once hooked. Depending on their size and their location, Kingfish will eat pretty much whatever they can get their razor sharp teeth on.
Live baits commonly used by fishermen include blue runners, goggle eyes, sardines, herring, pilchards or threadfins. These fish will also hit a variety of artificial lures.
Properly targeting these fish often leads fishermen to fish multiple kites on one side of their vessel, and multiple flat lines and deep baits on the other. The more baits out, the better your chances for hooking up to a Kingfish. Fishermen will often have to chum, using either ground chum or chunks, in order to talk these fish into biting.
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