Kite Fishing: An Exciting Twist to an Age-Old Pursuit
You loved flying kites as a child and have fond memories of holding on to that string for dear life, as the flimsy paper and wood object soared into the deep blue sky. You also have pictures that remind you of the first fish you caught on the family camping trip to the lake, and how excited you and your parents were when you landed a 6-incher.
As an adult those memories are rekindled as you embark on your first kite fishing expedition, only now you are in the big league, going after the big fish with the ability to cast your bait further than you ever imagined.
One doesn’t need to be an expert fisherman to try kite fishing as it is a very user-friendly form of fishing.
Basically, your fishing line is attached to a release clip on the main line of the kite. The kite is the propeller that takes your bait far out into the water, keeping it suspended on the top of the water.
This type of fishing is a very effective method for landing big fish, like tuna, marlin or sailfish, whether you are doing it from a boat or from land. One spectacular experience for those who kite fish is that you can actually see when the fish attacks the bait. Once the bait is taken, the release clip pops and the ball is now in your court as the battle begins.
What Kind of Kite Do You Need to Go Fishing?
What kind of kite is best for kite fishing? Well just don’t purchase one from a toy store; it just won’t do the job. No, this type of fishing requires a kite that is very stable and it should have the right amount of lift and pull.
The kite design used in kite fishing is usually square in shape with a thin wooden frame. The tail is critical to the successful functioning of the kite and is sufficiently long to ensure that it remains stable and is kept dry. Kite size is usually dependent upon the wind speed; if the wind is strong a small kite is used, if it is mild, a larger kite is preferred.
How to Kite Fish – 2 Techniques
There are two main methods of deployment in kite fishing. In one of these methods, you are required to have two rigs; one to launch, fly and retrieve the kite and the other, a fishing rig dedicated to catching and landing the fish. While these two rigs have separate functions, they are connected until the fish bites, at which point they separate.
This allows the fisherman to concentrate on landing the fish which requires time, energy and persistence.
In the other method, there is one rig with the kite attached to the fishing line. The two remain attached while landing the fish. This method allows you to see the fish you are fighting since the kite keeps the fish near the surface.
Kite Fishing Bait and Tackle Essentials
One of the most important items in your tackle box is the kite, but there is other essential gear required for kite fishing which are not much different from that required in other types of fishing.
Kite casting reel, kite rod, clips for the kite lines and 50 to 80-pound test leaders are just some of the required gear. Using live baits is like an unwritten rule in kite fishing circles, even though small cut baits have also been successful. Some popular live baits used are mullet, sardines, blue runners, goggle-eyes, mackerels, threadfin herring and pilchards.
Kite fishing allows you the flexibility of choosing your bait, your fishing gear and where you fish. Distance is no longer an issue as your kite takes your bait to a fishing area of your choosing. It puts you in control from the beginning to the end, when you experience the thrill of hooking big fish in deep waters.
With minimal effort to set up and deploy, anyone can kite fish with spectacular results. Give it a try!