Trophy kings don’t get big by being stupid. Load up on local live bait and make sure it stays lively in the well or a reserve bait tank. Rig according to size; strikes come on baits that look as natural as possible, so don’t weigh them down with heavy wire leader or oversized hooks. Menhaden (pogies), blue runners (hard tails), cigar minnows, mullet, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are among the top live baits, depending on the region. If you run out of bait or yours are sluggish, go catch some more. And always carry frozen bait as a backup. Fresh, flash-frozen shiny ribbonfish are the universal king-candy.