Yeah that was me Werey, I was using live unweighted pike. It’s not going to happen all the time, the birds will tell you if the kings are over the flats, they’ll be flying along with thier heads down looking into the water tracking the school.
Find the school of Kings, and cast an unweighted pike to intercept the travelling school. Good result on the spanish. Pike eels are evil things, I had one grab on to my wrist once, still got the scars.
Effective use of livebaits is all about timing, there’s a 1-2 hour window when they work well. You can also use the dead pike really effectively, again good timing is essential.