I was first introduced to kite fishing when I went to Puerto Vallarta last year on the Maximus.  The whole thing fascinates me.  To me kite fishing represents the ultimate MacGyver-ness of fishermen.

One of the biggest pains in the ass of bluefin tuna fishing on a sportboat is it is very hard to maneuver a big boat next to school of bluefin tuna without them immediately sinking out.

The kite fishing technique solves two big issues:

A) Often you have to go to really light test to get a bite from bluefin.  This technique allows you to fish really heavy line because the lure (or live baits) are suspended from above by a kite.  The fish don’t see any line in the water.

B) Because it’s really hard for a big boat to get close to these schools of fish without scaring them off, the kite allows you to work your bait/lure far away from the boat.

This video was taken during my 2 Day So Cal Salty trip aboard Pacific Queen Sporfishing, sponsored by Costa Sunglasses (Sept 8-10, 2017).

You’ll notice they’re using 2 setups to deploy the kite.  The electric Daiwa reel on the left is attached directly to the kite and is only used to send/retrieve the kite.  There is a clip attached to the kite line that the actual fishing line from the Penn International goes through.  The fishing line goes out to the clip, and then down to the lure/bait.  The deckhand is able to control the line’s length on the Penn.  The idea is to skip the lure over the water, touching every 10-20 feet or so, mimicking the action of a real flying fish.  The fish will track it from below and eventually blow up on it when it touches.  I wasn’t able to capture the blowup, but it can be spectacular.  Enjoy!


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