How To: Kite-Fishing Adjustments Based on Varying Wind Conditions

Lengthen or shorten the bridle for proper aerodynamics

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One of the secrets to kite-fishing success is keeping the kites flying correctly. Most teams will fish two kites, which are weighted to fly apart from one another, with multiple baits suspended from release clips on each kite.

Start by taking your kites for a test-flight. Most will naturally fly to the left or the right, so identify those directions and mark your kites accordingly. To further increase the spread, you’ll need to weight the edges of the kite to make them fly even farther apart. Using small split-shot lead weights, squeeze one or two on the outside edge near the spar — the weight will cause the kite to tilt in that direction. For example: For a kite to fly to the right, add a few small weights to the right edge of the kite at the spar.

Once the kites are ready to fly, find the kite bridle and begin the day with it centered between the two guide marks. For a kite that is flying too high in the sky, shorten the bridle by sliding it toward the kite. This will allow the kite to dump the wind and lower the level at which it flies. For one that’s not flying high enough, do the exact opposite and lengthen the bridle by moving it away from the kite. This change will help the kite grab more air and soar higher in the sky. Beware, though: A kite that’s flying straight up is not working properly. There should be a happy medium where the kite is flying away from the boat so that the baits are spaced apart but in a position where there isn’t an excessive amount of drop-back from the release clip to the water, which could result in missed strikes.