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Why Do People Fish with Kites and How Do They Work?

Dear Captain"Why Do People Fish with Kites and How Do They Work?"

Hi Tommy,

There are a few reasons people fish with kites. Here are the main reasons, but not limited to just these. Anglers fish with kites in order to get their live baits as far out and away from their boats to gamefish that are wary and hesitant to eat. Kites can take your live bait 200 yards downwind to wary gamefish you can't reach with a cast. Kites are also used to keep your live bait in a certain area of the upper water column which we call the strike zone.

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The strike zone is simply where the fish are sitting in the water column. But the majority of the time kites are used to keep the bait at the surface causing a commotion in order to excite gamefish into striking.

Kites are used mainly on pelagic species of fish. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Striped Marlin, Dolphin, Sailfish, Wahoo etc... These are fish that roam the open ocean and feed at the surface. It doesn't mean you can't use a kite for fish in the middle to lower water column, but it was not intended for this purpose.

Kites are used for spreading your live baits out over a wider and larger area either while anchored or drifting. It lets you cover a lot of water when searching for gamefish. Kites keep the presentation of your live bait more realistic looking to the gamefish, by keeping your fishing line and terminal tackle out of the water where the gamefish can not see it. Another great thing kites do is give you the ability to fish two to three different baits off of one kite and those baits can be placed at different locations and different depths. An entire smorgasbord of food for the gamefish!

Kites are also used by land based anglers when there is an offshore breeze or wind. You can use a kite on the beach to get your live bait out 300 yards. It would be impossible to cast 300 yards to reach a drop off or a bunch of feeding fish. But with a kite this is possible.

They make kites in different sizes to use on variable wind conditions. The large kites are used for no wind to mild winds. The midsized kites are used from mild winds to almost heavy winds and the mini kites are used in heavy wind conditions.

Kites require special equipment including a special kite rod which is only about 2 feet long with only a eye tip, a kite reel which is a conventional level wind with a line counter built into it. Multi- Colored Dacron line just for the kite reel and numerous swivels and snap swivels, beads, hi vis floats, release clips and even helium balloons. In short fishing with a kite greatly increases your chances of catching gamefish. Make sure you check out our other TOF articles on setting up and using kites, along with some of the best live baits to use for the gamefish your targeting.

The kites that many professional use are from Caught in Flight Kites. They are the best value out there in kites. Read this link to learn more about kites and purchase one if you'd like.

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