Fishing Report:

Fall King Of The Beach Tournament Report

Author: Mike Milewski

The 2019 King Of The Beach Tournament

Bring Your Own Bait If Traveling From The East Coast!

We decided to take the journey over to the west coast of FL to Maderia Beach! Home of the King Of The Beach Tournament! This is one of the largest Kingfish tournaments around, with over 500 boats.

Waiting to gaff what turned out to be a Spanish mackerel

Weeks of preparing took place, fresh 30lb bullbuster line, fluorocarbon leader and spend hours making all our rigs. This was going to be a learning experience for us! We have only fished in Southeast FL waters and the Bahamas.  However, we did our research and felt confident to make a run to the north where the SST charts indicated some cooler water. I was marking a ton of fish, however could not get them to bite.

Spanish mackerel in the boat


We did struggle a bit to get bait! Of course, without large primo baits it was going to be very difficult to get a smoker king to even bite, no matter what waters you are fishing in! The big smokers get big for a reason! They are smart!

The crew loading up in the morning. The lights help!

We kept plugging away as we always do in every tournament, unfortunately never found the one we were looking for. We did keep busy and kept the rods bent with an abundance of Spanish macs!! We even tired to toss a few back out on the fly to trigger a King bite.

Fishing For Kingfish

As a take away next time we head to the west coast for this event in the future, we will make sure we have a few extra days to focus on bait fishing. Putting in the time to have your live well filled with quality baits is key for being successful when hunting tournament Kingfish!  

Looking forward to our next tournament in a few weeks back in Southeast FL.

Thanks again to Bullbuster for all your support of Team Reel Dreams!! Best products!!

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