How to Make a Fishing Kite

How to Make a Fishing Kite
Kite fishing has been in use by recreational anglers in New Zealand for many years. The sport is beginning to catch on in the United States. When starting out with the sport, set up your rig with a square and small kite with a stubby rod and spin reel. You can make your own kite fishing setup with some materials and kites found in toy and hobby stores. Learn the technique, and let the wind do the bait jigging.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Spool the monofilament line to the reel. It is important to use a high revolving spinning reel as it will be used to control the kite line, both in and out. Set the square kite out on a flat working surface, out of the wind.
Step 2
Pull the four kite lines into the center of the square kite, and then tie them off to the monofilament line using a series of drop loop knots. Reel out 20 to 30 feet of line off the reel.
Step 3
Tie one leader wire to the line, approximately 30 to 50 feet down the line. Use a drop loop and an improved clinch knot on the leaders. Use the drop loop off the kite monofilament line and an improved clinch knot off the loop. Move down the main line by 6 feet and repeat with one more leader wire. Go down the main line another 6 feet and repeat with the third leader.
Step 4
Tie hooks to the ends of each leader line using a Palomar knot. Bait each hook with your bait choice. At the end of the monofilament line, tie a hook with a Palomar knot.
Step 5
Attach a small fluorescent bobber at the top of each leader line so you have a visual cue to where your leaders are when you fly the kite. Reel in the excess line turning the reel handle clockwise until you have 10 feet of line out from the tip. Pick up the kite in the middle backside of the nylon. Go into the wind, and launch the kite with the spin cast bail mechanism off. Let the line go out until the leaders are all making contact with the water.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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