How to Kitefish

The kite can be used to fish using three methods:

1. The first method, called the taxi method, is where you use the kite to “cast” your normal fishing line far out to sea. The Seagull kite is flown on its own rod with its own line and reel. You will have a separate fishing rod with which you will do your fishing as normally. About 20m from the kite, the dropper gets attached onto the kite line. Then you hook your fishing line with its trace and sinker onto the dropper. You then simultaneously fly the kite and your normal fishing line out to where you want to drop your bait. A jerk with your fishing rod will release the trace from the dropper. You can then retrieve the kite and send out another fishing line. You will only have to purchase the Seagull kite and good kite line to do this type of fishing.

2. The second, most exciting method is the ferry method. This method is almost the same as the taxi method, where the kite gets used to “cast” your normal fishing line. Only this time you don't have to send the kite out and reel it back in to “cast” another fishing line. Now you will use the ferry to deliver your fishing line. Simply leave the kite about 200m out. The ferry gets hooked onto the kite-line. Your fishing line then attaches onto the ferry, which will run up the kite-line like a cable car. The dropper is being used as a stopper. The ferry will take your bait up the kite-line. Once it hits the stopper, the fishing line will be released and the ferry will return back to you.

3. The third method is the conventional kite fishing method where you do not use a separate fishing line. There is a 3-way swivel in the middle, with one line going up to the kite, one going down to the water with your bait on, and one line coming back to shore that you will be fishing with. The kite takes your bait out and you fish as long as the wind is blowing. Once a fish, usually a shark, grabs the bait, you bring the fish back as well as the kite. The nice thing of this method is that you can have your bait at the surface instead of the bottom of the sea. Unfortunately the kite will also do most of the fighting when you hook a fish.

When fishing using the Taxi method, the kite is used as a casting mechanism. Included with the kite is a dropper that is tied to the kite line after the kite has been launched. Your fishing line and bait gets clipped into this dropper. The kite takes the bait and line out and once you are satisfied with the spot, you give your fishing line a jerk, the dropper releases the bait and the bait is dropped into the sea. All that is left is to retrieve the kite. If you have a ferry then the ferry will take the bait out for you.

The ferry is almost like a cable car that runs on the kite-line. It has its own sail so that the wind is able to push it along the kite-line up to the kite. Once it gets to the stopper on the kite-line, the sail will swivel out of the wind and the ferry will slide back down the kite-line. The ferry is thus an easy way to send out a couple of peoples' fishing lines, one after the other.

The ferry works as follow: The kite is sent out with a stopper attached to the line (about 8m from the top.) When the kite is at the position you want it, the rod is placed in a rod holder and securely fastened. The ferry is now hooked onto the kite line. A second rod with your fishing line is needed. The bait and sinker of the fishing line is attached to the ferry. The ferry then slides up along the kite line using the power of the wind. When it reaches the stopper on the kite line, the ferry’s mechanism releases the line and bait; the sail of the ferry folds backwards and the ferry returns via the kite line to the rod. The ferry is supplied with two different size sails for different wind strengths.

You can send the kite for kilometers if the conditions and your type of fishing method allows it. For the conventional kitefishing method it is normally safe to go out as far as you have line for. When you use the Taxi or Ferry methods however, it is only practical to send out a maximum of 500m line. In an offshore wind, the kite will climb very high after your bait has been released, and this is very dangerous for aircraft.

When you tack the kite in a typical cross-shore wind, the wind drag of the kite-line becomes significant. This is where Dyneema kite-line will definitely help since it is one of the strongest fibers in the world, making a 130lbs strength line exceptionally thin. Nevertheless, even with Dyneema it will not be advantageous to let out more than 400m kite-line before the wind drag on the kite-line pushes the kite downwind too far for any significant distance gain.

Keep in mind that you need a wind speed of at least 18km/h in order to tack the kite and to have enough power to take out the bait and sinker.

If you fish using either of the first two methods, then yes, you will have one rod and line for the kite, and one rod and line for your bait. If you only want to fish using the conventional fishing method, then you will only need one rod and reel.

The Dyneema line is recommended as kite line. Normal fishing line of app. 50 kg is too thick and heavy and hampers the tacking ability of the kite. The Dyneema is a lot lighter and thinner than normal fishing line of the same strength. Even more importantly, it does not stretch, thus protecting your spool when reeling in, in a strong wind.

Yes, that is exactly the reason why the kite was developed. It can be steered up to 60 to 70 degrees away form the wind direction. You can also gain an extra 15 degrees by reeling in the kite real fast in light (20km/h) winds. The only wind direction not suitable for kitefishing, is when it is coming directly form the sea (onshore).

We have send out live bait together with a 7 ounce sinker with the ferry. It all depends on the wind speed. With a wind speed of 25 kph you will definitely send out a total weight of 9 ounces.

Yes, we do. Shipping costs for a kite, ferry and 1 roll of Dyneema line, is usually about R1000. We use ordinary post, and delivery time is between 10 to 14 working days.

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