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Go fly a kite?
When used as an admonishment this locution is likely to trigger hard feelings. However, when used as a suggestion to an angler, it should be received with enthusiasm.
In recent years, and especially on Florida’s east coast and in the Keys, kite fishing has become popular with fishermen who seek out billfish, dolphin, smoker kings, and other species.
Despite representations that kite fishing is a recent development on the fishing horizon, the technique has been around for many years. According to Dr. Loren Grey in his book, Zane Grey–Outdoorsman, kite fishing was first introduced in 1911 by California fishing guide George Chase Farnsworth as a means to keep a trolled flying fish well away from the boat when seeking tuna.
Farnsworth theorized back then that the shadow and noise of his boat “spooked” the tuna, causing them to sound. His innovation enabled a skipper to run well to one side of a tuna school while keeping an angler’s bait skipping invitingly in front of the fish’s nose.
Zane Grey first embraced kite fishing in 1914, and “found the results are electrifying.” In 1919, he caught five tuna weighing between 109 and 117 pounds each while employing the kite fishing method.
Today’s kite, as used by most sport fishermen, is made from silk or other fabrics and mounted on an X-frame of light tubular glass supports. It may vary in size according to the expected velocity of prevailing winds and the weight of the bait. Attached to the kite’s line is one or more clothespin snaps, similar to those used on outriggers. A metal eyelet on the line is clipped to the pin and the line runs freely through the eyelet.
After the eyelet is clipped in place, the kite is let out slowly as line slips from the fishing reel at a similar pace. When the kite reaches a desired distance from the boat, the kite reel is locked.
A live bait may be positioned by letting out more line from the reel, or by cranking up excess line. The ideal position is at the spot where a bait is flipping at the surface and its struggles create fish-attracting splashes.
When a fish strikes a bait, the fishing line snaps from the kite-line clothespin and an automatic drop-back is provided as the fishing line settles to the water. The hook is set when the fishing line becomes taut.
By keeping a boat headed into the wind, a kite may also be used effectively as an outrigger and, while battling a fish, it’s not necessary to crank in the kite since it stays in the air, out of the way.
Generally, say kite fishing experts, an angler catches fewer fish using this technique. However, they add, those caught generally run considerably larger. Thankfully, more and more anglers these days are outgrowing the need to spill dozens upon dozens of fish onto a dock when they return from offshore.
To many, one 30- to 40-pound kingfish is far more satisfying than a box filled with five pounders. This desire for quality instead of quantity may explain a slow but steady increase in the number of kite fishing enthusiasts.
Therefore, the next time some angler tells you to “go fly a kite,” remember that he may be trying to be helpful, instead of nasty. And, if it was good enough for Zane Grey back in 1917, it should be good enough for us today.
Copyright (c) 1995 Herb Allen. All rights reserved.

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