Muriwai Kite Fishing
Kite fishing is a productive way to cast a beach longline with up to 25 baited traces up to 2000 meters and more offshore. This how to fish with a kite video explains the fishing techniques and fishing rigs.
The key to success when kite fishing is in having a reliable kite, we used a Paul's Fishing Systems Super Kite which has a guaranteed wind range of 7 to 50 knots. On this blustery mid-winter day we had 20 to 25 knots of Northeast wind with gusts up to 30 knots.
Fishing the northern end of the beach we caught a total of 10 snapper up to 2kg, four gurnard and four kahawai from four, 25 hook sets. The Paul's Fishing Systems Super Kite flew perfectly for the entire 8 hour fishing session and provided enough pull to keep the 50 kg breaking strain mainline supported clear of the water for the whole day. The rig is a Paul's Fishing Systems 50kg breaking strain 25 hook Dropper Rig powered by a Super Kite.
About a kilometre south of us a large group of fishers with two vehicles were using three kite fishing rigs. While their kites were the right size for the job they were unstable and sluggish and kept looping and would crash into the sea in the strong gusts.
They only managed to get two full sets between them for the whole day.
The rest of the day they spent hauling downed kites and trying to launch them again and again.
If you are going to try kite fishing get the best purpose built kite you can afford to avoid frustration or failure. Guaranteed fishing kites available here - https://www.fishingtacklesale.co.nz/fishing-kites.html
Posted: Wed 12 Sep 2018