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Ten rules jigging for kingfish

December 19, 2019
Ten rules jigging for kingfish

After spending time on a few of charter trips it becomes really clear that these guys know their stuff and are really committed to getting you onto some good fish. Here's a few tips and insights from the best in the business to help you on your next kingfish jigging adventure.


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