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When angling from a drifting boat, on the offshore or inshore of Florida waters, one is at the mercy of the tides and wind currents. If the wind is prevailing in the correct direction, you could use a balloon but by doing so, one risks polluting the marine environment with a piece of discarded latex or rubber. The possibilities of this discarded material being ingested by marine wildlife is far greater than one would expect, thus resulting in a sick fish or dead animal. Many different styles of fishing have originated in the hopes of catching the ‘Big One’. Perhaps the most effective style of getting your bait off the beach, or away from your boat and out to where the fish are is kite fishing.
Kite Fishing is a technique of fishing that involves flying kites, and using the kites to suspend live baits, dead baits and even hardware on the top of the water. This type of fishing is highly effective both in a boat, as well on the beach due to a not so new concept but a new idea in catching bigger fish off the beach without a boat. Sport fishing charter boats have been using this technique for 20 years to hook into the wide array of big game species that swim through our waters. With a ‘Caught in Flight’ kite, you too can now catch that big one just as the professional Charter Captains do, whether on the beach or out in the vessel of your choice.
In kite fishing, live bait is best but small cut baits will work too. Only certain types of bait fish will work effectively under a kite. These bait fishes include goggle eyes, mackerels, blue runners, pilchards, mullet, sardines and thread fin herring. There are many other types of bait fish used under the kite, but these types of live baits survive the best. Start out by selecting your spot to fish. When kite fishing, you must select a area of water with tidal movement, like a area where there is a rip current, a temperature gradient, a color change or over the top of an artificial reef, like the Venice reef just off the beach south of Sharky’s on the Pier where a number of years ago, the City of Venice Florida dumped a gazillion tons of old sewer pipes to re-bar structure to the then flat bottom. Now, it is teaming with grouper to Ling (Cobia), sharks and more.
Once you have selected the area you want to fish, choose which kite you are going to fly. I like to carry a light wind, medium wind and heavy wind kite for different wind conditions. Gauge the wind and choose the appropriate kite for your conditions that day. Kite sizes differ for different wind speeds and velocities. Choose the right kite for your wind speed. A quick look at your local weather station can tell you the wind speed predicted for that peculiar day for all Florida wind information. In addition, when was the last time you flew a kite? I was just a kid so remember before you go kite fishing, practice makes perfect. If this is your first time flying a kite then I would suggest you spend some time accessing what is around you and looking for dangers. Always avoid flying near power lines and roads.
With two fishing rods, just as in trolley fishing, a baited fishing line (whether a lure, fly or fresh bait), a kite and a little wind, I can guarantee that areas further out than you could have imagined will be at your fingertips. Using a kite allows you to fish in areas that up until now have been simply unattainable by the conventional casting method. With a bit of practice you can even fish two kites off one line for more coverage. The removal of any twists in the line is also something you will need to do. Place several high quality swivels between the kite line and the kite when in flight. This will remove any unwanted twists that may be present. From the highest point on your vessel, launch the kite and slowly release the drag on the kite reel, as the kite starts drawing line from your reel control the speed, making sure it's not too quick as the kite will fall from the sky and not too slow so that the kite flies above your head. Rule of thumb: keep it about 50 ft off the water. If you are going to fly two kites simultaneously, you will want to put a small lead on the lower corners of each kite, depending on which direction you want each kite to spread. The weight for this should be about 1/8 ounce for light kites and about ½ ounce for heavy kites. If weighted properly, the kites should spread apart from each other enough so that when the baits are out, the baits will not tangle together. Once the kite is airborne, and are about 50’-75’ off the beach or your watercraft, you should have a small barrel swivel tied every 50’ or so feet along your kite line. Use a snap swivel and attach your first kite clip to the kite line. Set the pressure of the clip release by tightening or loosening the setscrew on the clip. You want the clip to release with slightly more pressure than the bait
fish will likely be able to put on it himself.
Now you are ready to bait your rod. I like to sew my baits on with a wax line bridle. This gives you the most possible hook exposure and increases your hookup chances. Use a needle and sew the bait through the back of its neck, just behind the head of the fish. Do not go too deep. About 1/4 of the bait fish’s body is as far as you want to stick that needle. Catch the loop of the wax line bridal on both sides with the hook and twist it up. Then stick the hook back underneath the entire bridal, making the hook tight to the body of the bait fish. The fish, angled with his head up when he is dangling; forcing the bait fish to struggle to keep his head below water so, he can breathe. This will cause many vibrations which is the desired effect when kite fishing. Once the bait is the desired distance from the beach or your boat, you must make constant adjustments to keep the bait right on the top of the water. The bait should be under the water, but the hook, leader and fishing line should all be out of the water. Placing a colored ribbon on the snap swivel of the fishing line, which is about 8’ out of the water, just above the bait gives visibility if there is a glare or the bait is out of sight at a quick glance. Indications that you are receiving a ‘hit’ or ‘bite’ happen if the water under your bait boils, a fish jumps directly under the clip area or your reel is screaming out. The best thing to do when you get a bite is to free spool your reel, tethering it with your thumb and let the fish eat the bait. Lock up the rod into strike position and start winding as fast as you can to get the slack out of the line. When you come tight, the line will pop out of the pressure release clip. Keep winding until you come tight on the fish. When you come tight, set the hook with a couple gentle but firm tugs with the rod. This will set the hook into the fishes jaw. If using a circle hook, simply apply pressure by raising the rod tip slowly up while pressuring with a steady retrieve.
The best part of kite fishing is you get to see the whole bite sequence and the hook up ratio are usually very high. It takes quite a bit of practice to become proficient with kite fishing technique. Keep trying though for practice makes perfect! I have yet to find a more effective or exciting way to catch that big one while fishing kites on inshore to the offshore of Florida waters and for that matter, right from the very dry beach.
Our new season kites have just been released and the Maxi Kite has been transformed into the ultimate light wind flying kite! The Maxi Kite is the flag ship in our collection due to the large size of the kite and its strong pulling power.The Maxi Kite is in bright new attractive colours, durable in our tested tough rip stop nylon, with the Caught In Flight logo prominently displayed on the kites face.
The Caught In Flight logo has been proven to have an ideal extra benefit; the bird of prey acts like a scarecrow to ward off other birds from pinching the bait during deployment. Two fibre-glass rods are permanently sewn into the kites and reinforcement both at the top and the bottom of the kite gives you hassle free performance. All the seams on the kite are hemmed and reinforced to prevent fraying during the kite's long life as a crucial element of your tackle box. The bridle length on our new range of kites has been increased to increase the stability of the kite when in flight and can easily be wound up on the handle supplied for easy storage. The Maxi Kite has increased in size and shape from our previous range, but the price remains the same. Increasing the size allows for bigger baits to be used with ease. The kite has a distinctive shaped tail which helps control its flight and the drogue (tail) is also larger, giving you greater stability. The drogue has been fitted with mesh on the bottom to allow for better air flow. The Maxi Kite is supplied to you in a very presentable nylon bag for easy storage and care of the kite. The Maxi Kite is at ease flying over a lake when used for fresh water fishing or sailing aloft from the back of the boat when accessing those hard to reach spots you couldn't go without endangering the boat. For Big Game Fishing, working your live bait and teasing the fish can all be done with great success using the Maxi Kite in light winds as skipping bait across the water is effortless. For the land based anglers trying to get past the shore break and out into the deep water, fishing from a pier, trying to get over the rocks and snags, now can all be achieved using a fishing kite. Just think of all the places you would now like to explore and get your bait too and it's now all possible. The Maxi Kite is something every fisherman should have, a very easy concept, very affordable and an experience you will talk about for a long time. The size of the Maxi Kite is 160cm.- See more at: http://www.theonlinefisherman.com/shop/fishing-kites/maxi-kite#sthash.D02svsl7.dpuf