Productive fishing requires good observation skills and an understanding of where fish congregate or travel. Forget one or the other and what you thought would be a great day, turns into a complete waste of bait or leaves muscles aching from repeated casting.
Several years ago I learned of a new fishing technique that’s used on long range boats fishing off the baja coasts for tuna, wahoo and dorados. I filed the information in the back o my mind until last week, when I decided to give it a try
What I now know is that you can use a kite to catch ocean or freshwater fish.
Kite Fishing is extremely efficient, a lot of fun and a great way to spend a day on a beach.
All that’s required for kite fishing is a kite, several three-way swivels, a couple of plastic bottles (used like bobbers) and a stout rod and bait reel loaded with hundreds of yards of 20 pound (or heavier) test line,some easily made drop lines with sharp hooks, sinker weights and some cut bait. The wind at your back is very nice too.
My first kite rig took about 20 minutes to rig up on the beach. I bought a new delta bat wing kite at a local toy store and ] rigged a three way swivel an about 30 feet of line from my reel. The wind at Red beach picked up my kite and I began slowly letting the line out to a second three-way swivel attached 70 feet away from the kite. I partly filled the plastic cola bottle filled with about 10 ounces of water- which left enough air to provide flotation.
I have another three-way swivel about 30 feet away from my first bobber. I attach another bottle to this rig and hooked two lightly weighted drop lines between the two bottles. Fora rig to work well there has to be enough lifting and lateral wind force on the kite for it to pull the bottles and drop line out past the waves.
The most expensive part of my first kite rig was the $20 kite. I bought a Penn Long Beach reel and a stiff deep sea fiberglass rod at a garage sale for $10.I loaded the reel from a spool of line on my garage shelf. The terminal tackle was in my old tackle box.
How did it work? well I made a nice fish lunch for my mother from the porky little sand bass that hit a cut piece of anchovy on the inner 15-foot drop line and some toothy critter cut through the other line (which makes me suspect a halibut went after the bait) .
I intentionally only flew the kite beyond the first wave set. I could have gone farther and I could be a total pig and attach more drop lines. But the bottom line of my first kite fishing experiment on the San Diego coast is that the system really works. And, the idea of flying a kite and fishing is extremely amusing.
The one thing I do recommend is attaching a pennant to the kite’s tether line 30 feet o so below the kite. It’s always useful to know where your kite is and how high it’s flying.
So the next time someone tells you to “go fly a kite” turn it into a fishing trip. Tight lines—Jim Forbes on 6/23/2012