Getting Tired Of Trolling For King Mackerel and Cobia……Go Fly a Kite!
We’re all looking for a new and better way to approach our fishing techniques. It may mean a new lure or type of tackle. It could be a tactic that’s been proven in another part of the country that we’ve never tried. This has never been more true than when we think of offshore kite fishing. Fishing southern Florida you see it every day just off the beaches of places like Fort Lauderdale and Biscayne Bay. It’s a kite that looks somewhat like a child’s toy up in the air with a single line or multiple lines reaching down into the water. The kite flutters in the air above the boat that secures it. While it’s a common scene in Florida, it becomes less popular the more north you fish. It’s a great way to fish for King Mackerel and Cobia in addition to other species.
Kite fishing can offer more benefits than even the common fundamental ways of fishing provide. One would be the fuel economy. Rather than constant trolling, kite fishing offers far less movement of the boat. You simply mark a good spot over or near bait balls or structure, rig up and start fishing. It only requires slow movement or no movement at all; just let the ocean breezes do all the work. Speaking of breezes, kite fishing can be done on days with a slight breeze to days with higher winds by switching the kites to accommodate the conditions.
The kite fishing concept also enables you to fish with multiple lines connected to a single kite while remaining in place. The main line connects to the kite with other fishing lines attached with clips. This provides a vertical drop of the fishing line that allows the baited lines to move. It’s best to chum the area to get the action going. The movement of the live bait combined with the chum creates a moving area of action. As the chum spreads the area of fishing will expand. Using a sea anchor rather than a drop anchor will allow you to move at a slow drift following the chum.
I like to use a short, stubby rod for my kite rod. I personally use a PENN 4/0 or 6/0 reel. I usually run 3 to 4 lines per kite connected to the main line with the same type of clips used on outriggers. The action is great at getting the attention of the bigger fish. I’ve used this tactic miles offshore over structure as well as fishing near inshore jetties.
Kite fishing is a great way to lower your fuel cost while catching big fish. So, the next time you go out fishing for King Mackerel, Cobia…… GO FLY A KITE!!!!