VIDEOClick to see full answer. Beside this, how do you fish for king mackerel?Silvery live baits such pilchards, threadfin herring, menhaden, mullet and blue runners are preferable to dead baits, according to virtually all top tournament anglers. However, live bait is not always easily obtained, so these same anglers also bring frozen baits such as cigar minnows, ribbonfish and Spanish mackerel.Likewise, are king mackerel good to eat? Kingfish produce large and thick fillets and they tend to be oily, so they are an outstanding choice for long and careful low-temperature smoking. Seasoned well, and smoked so they’re not dry over orange, lemon, hickory or oak wood, king mackerel are delicious. Kings also are good coming off a grill. Subsequently, question is, what bait do you use for Kingfish? There is a wide selection of baits that can effectively be used for kings, including live slimy mackerel, yellowtail scad, salmon trout, garfish, mullet, herring, silver trevally, and of course squid. Of the above baits, live mackerel, salmon trout and squid are, in my opinion, the number one baits.What is a king rig?A king rig is a two pole system used with live bait to catch the bigger fish off the pier, namely king mackeral and cobia.