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Kite fishing for kings( Carolinas)

Old 05-21-2019, 02:59 PM
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Default Kite fishing for kings( Carolinas)

Got everything I need last year but never flew the kite.
Love to fish live bait under balloons . Have a good system no tangles. Less wire in the water at times I guess with the kite. Lots of babysitting though.

i can see how it would be great on the drift. Kite stays out front allowing a few flat lines on opposite side of boat.
Maybe this year. Anybody killing the motors and flying a kite instead of slow trolling?
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:05 PM
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:06 PM
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Friends have anchored and kite fished nearshore and offshore, spade fishing inshore, bottom fishing offshore.

Also, can light line (flat line) same time too.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:13 PM
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Yes. several will from time to time and many have have decent results with some good fish coming from the kite. We've ran a kite several time with balloons as well. Haven't pulled a king off the kite but have had them take the balloon baits.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:27 PM
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Yes. Depends on conditions, location, and drift... But if you have a good drift speed with engines cut, why slow troll unless you are circling structure?
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:45 PM
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No better way to present a surface bait than with a kite. Also allows you to chum an area aggressively. If the direction of the drift is good, shutting off engines and using a drift sock works. If not use the engine(s) to maintain desired depth and drift. Unless really windy, we use a helium balloon with the kite so no kite baby sitting while fighting fish or moving the boat around. We fish a kite for kings even when anchored on the reef for yellowtail and ceros. For helium balloons nothing beats a Ztrapon (disclaimer: I build them).
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You always here about stealth and Iím sure at times thereís less wire in the water with a kite. As kids we caught our share of kings from the piers.

My my opinion is this: when slow trolling I agree that less wire is best . To me a bait under a kite or balloon swims ďfreeĒ. Slow trolling doesnít allow baits to circle.

Ive only caught two kings from a kayak. I had a few guys slow troll right beside of my balloon one day. Had a pogie under it. As he pulled his spread close by we were talking. Bout that time my little 3/0 starts screaming. He had 4 or 5 lines out. Just an opinion but I think my pogie swimming circles may have looked better. Different at least than his spread. He said the king was in his chin slick and he just happened to hit my bait instead of his.

Baits hooked on on a pier type king rig allows kite/balloon baits to some what freely swim. 6foot wire leaders on pier style rigs never seem to spook many kings. I think itís the same with kites and balloons.

While I probably rig my balloon rigs different than the traditional way I have great luck with it. Not sure thereís a lot of difference between the kite and loon. Both are exciting and relaxing ways to fish.
cant fish as many balloons as you can slow troll though. I prefer two balloon baits when solo fishing.
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No better way to present a surface bait than with a kite. Also allows you to chum an area aggressively. If the direction of the drift is good, shutting off engines and using a drift sock works. If not use the engine(s) to maintain desired depth and drift. Unless really windy, we use a helium balloon with the kite so no kite baby sitting while fighting fish or moving the boat around. We fish a kite for kings even when anchored on the reef for yellowtail and ceros. For helium balloons nothing beats a Ztrapon (disclaimer: I build them).
going to check them out.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:24 AM
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I was just fishing with a friend this weekend and he was telling me I should get a kite for kingfish. Said the bites and hits were amazing etc. I've always considered Kings as a by-catch; I never really target them, but always seem to send up with a few.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:42 AM
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You always here about stealth and Iím sure at times thereís less wire in the water with a kite. As kids we caught our share of kings from the piers.

My my opinion is this: when slow trolling I agree that less wire is best . To me a bait under a kite or balloon swims ďfreeĒ. Slow trolling doesnít allow baits to circle.

Ive only caught two kings from a kayak. I had a few guys slow troll right beside of my balloon one day. Had a pogie under it. As he pulled his spread close by we were talking. Bout that time my little 3/0 starts screaming. He had 4 or 5 lines out. Just an opinion but I think my pogie swimming circles may have looked better. Different at least than his spread. He said the king was in his chin slick and he just happened to hit my bait instead of his.

Baits hooked on on a pier type king rig allows kite/balloon baits to some what freely swim. 6foot wire leaders on pier style rigs never seem to spook many kings. I think itís the same with kites and balloons.

While I probably rig my balloon rigs different than the traditional way I have great luck with it. Not sure thereís a lot of difference between the kite and loon. Both are exciting and relaxing ways to fish.
cant fish as many balloons as you can slow troll though. I prefer two balloon baits when solo fishing.
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Slow trolling properly allows the bait to do its things just as any other time. If your baits are bad then of course you drag them more than anything. But slow trolling allows you to cover an area. Tournament fishing in NC more are won slow trolling live baits than any other method.

Side note: I have a couple ztrapon's for my balloon. They are pretty sweet and I'd highly recommend them!
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:57 PM
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Kite fishing can be extremely effective for kings, but keep in mind that any by-catch (small kings, bonita, or anything else big enough to eat your bait) are going to interrupt a kite spread a lot more than they would if those fish were caught slow-trolling or drifting flat lines or balloons. I don't personally fly the kite when targeting kings, but there's nothing more frustrating while sailfishing than having to reset all three kite baits because a trash fish decided to eat the long.
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Raunchie Conch (32 Yellowfin out of Wilmington) consistently places high in king tournaments and they kite fish the majority of the time. And there's nothing like a bite on a kite. I would use a pier-style rig for kite fishing if I was doing it because it is designed for a vertical presentation.

Using these Dubro kite clips makes life a lot easier.
https://www.dubrofishing.com/product...ant=1206653224

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Old 05-23-2019, 08:50 AM
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I would try two baits off the kite to start. You can also kite fish on the slow troll if you angle the wind properly. We do it all the time here in S Florida.

I think the biggest advantage of the kite is the kings (or whatever) come from underneath and don't see any wire at all. Also, if you see a 50lb+ king or wahoo sky a kite bait you will be hooked.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:41 AM
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N2the blue and Big Wednesday, I agree with what you both say. A friend uses his big game kite when heís also slow trolling. He always runs the biggest mullet he can get in it. I can imagine the attraction factor.

I use a pier style style rig when using balloons . What I like about it is there is a swivel unlike with a regular stinger. I like that pivot point. I never get broke off with them. Also donít really care about wire length. As you say, not as much wire in the water.
Itís funny. We use 6foit leaders on pier rigs and never get tail whipped and big fish still eat. Itís all about the vertical presentation. I think so anyway.

i have a lot of luck with balloons. Last fall I got into the threadfins thick by the beach renurishment boats at myrtle. I was running 20 Andre to 30 Flouro straight to a 12 inch pice of number 5 wire. Two number 6 trebles. I set out two lines. They were really getting busted. I got hit. Real screams for 4 seconds. Cut off.
I anchored and ran a pier style 6ft leader with a balloon. Smoking hit. 20lber in the boat. Iím usually alone and two balloons at different distances just works for me and I can manage it better than slow trolling 3-5 lines. Iím going to mess with the kite more this year.
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