Hayabusa Jigs large
A mere 48.23 meters is about as deep at the Hauraki Gulf gets. If you want to jig for kingfish it's all over quite quickly: 10 winds of the handle your jig is back on the surface, so you'd best use a 150-250g flattish jig, that has lots of movement, to make the best impression, fast. Aggressively work the bottom 10 metres mechanically jigging, or go for it and speed-jig the first 10 metres then drop the jig back to the bottom and repeat. Power Jig make a cool little 150g jig that has an internal rattle that's more for vibration than noise, while Zest spearhead jigs are stocky and wide, providing lots of movement that's best suited to a spin rod/reel combo. You can't buy the best thing to catch a kingfish: a live bait. Commitment is needed to catch a kingy. Catch some live bait, ignore the hot snapper bite, rig the live bait, drop the live bait, and now the hard bit… be patient. It's obvious: kingfish eat mackerel, so if they are there they will eat your mackerel. There is a proliferation of kingfish in the gulf – the rats of the past few years will likely now be legal size. They are starting to show up now, buzzing around the snapper workups at the 35-40m mark, but it's hard to jig for them out of there, so drop a live mackerel bait down, or slow troll a live bait around the seaward side of the islands of the Gulf. Another sure method is a live bait under a balloon behind the boat while stray-lining. Use lots of burley, mid-late spring thru to end of march is best time. Kingfish hit live bait at speed, so have your hooks sharp, the drag set correctly and get ready to follow the fish.