Using live baitfish like threadfin herring, goggle-eyejacks, horse pilchards and medium size blue runners
for bait, the seasoned sailfish fishermen will head offshore, locate an artificial reefin 100 to 300 feet of water or a nice current edge or rip in that same depth and start a slow troll or drift.
The finger channels south of Key Biscayne will have plenty of small mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers, red, gag and black groupers, porgies, blue runners
, jacks, mackerel, pompano and sharks eager to take a freshly defrosted piece of cut bait on or near the bottom.
Farther out away from the beach pier fishermen will be targeting Spanish mackerel, blue runners
And locating those bait pods is the key to finding action which won't be limited just to mackerel since jacks, bonito, sharks and blue runners
will often be in the neighborhood too.
Slow-trolling live mullet, ladyfish, blue runners
, pinfish, and others will draw strikes from big kings.
and threadfins do better with a shoulder hook than menhaden or sardines.