I found this 15 pound kingfish off the coast of Hollywood, Fla. in 35 feet of water. Kingfish, also known as king mackerels, are usually caught in the range of 5 to 30 pounds. However, these fish have been known to grow as large as 90 pounds.
I got a little too close to this guy’s teeth when taking the picture. He sliced open my hand when he was heading for a baitfish that was hiding near my head. The cut healed quickly, but served as a reminder that kingfish are definitely carnivores. They typically feed on sardine-like fish, jacks, grunts, striped anchovies and minnows.
Kingfish are often found in waters from 40 to 150 feet. Larger kingfish can be found in the mouths of inlets and harbors. Kingfish are best caught while trolling and you will want to use a stinger rig. Kingfish are known to slice the tail off the bait they are eating, so the stinger rig will facilitate the catch.
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