Kite Fishing Instructional How To

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Kite Fishing Article
Written by Capt. Andy Roydhouse – Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

Many different styles of fishing have originated in the hopes of catching sailfish, sharks, and other top water game fish.  Perhaps the most effective of these types of fishing is kite fishing.  Kite Fishing is a technique of fishing that involves flying kites, and using the kites to suspend live baits on the top of the water.  This type of fishing is highly effective for sport fishing off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, where the Gulf Stream current and the natural reef running along the coastline, coincide.  Sportfishing charter boats have been using this technique for 20 years to hook into the wide array of big game species that swim through our waters.  This article is written in order to teach basic tactics on how to go about kite fishing.

For kite fishing, live bait is required.  Start off by catching or buying live baits.  Only certain types of baitfish will work effectively in the kite.  These baitfish include goggle eyes (probably the most effective bait for this type of fishing), tinker mackerels, blue runners, pilchards, mullet, sardines and threadfin herring.  There are some other types of baitfish that can be used in the kite, but these types survive the best.

Start out by selecting your spot to fish.  When kite fishing, you are mostly immobile.  You will drift whichever way the current is moving, but as far as covering ground with your engines, you can only make small corrections.  So first thing is to select a good area or depth of water to fish.  Off the shore of Fort Lauderdale, one of the best areas is the 90