Kite Fishing

AFTCO Fishing Kites are fast becoming the choice of serious kite fishermen everywhere, the AFTCO state-of-the-art Fishing Kites top all others in performance and durability. Constructed from waterproof rip-stop nylon sail cloth, low maintenance AFTCO kites won't mildew and will fly - EVEN WHEN WET! Also unique are AFTCO's interchangeable spars - lightweight and flexible, yet virtually unbreakable - available in two distinct sets that enable AFTCO kites to handle a complete wind range from four on up to 16 miles per hour. And even without wind, the AFTCO kite can be slow trolled - or drift fished by attaching a helium-filled balloon to the kite's special loops. Also featured is an easily adjustable bridle with no metal connectors to rust or break, plus a black with white logo design that is easily visible against any sky while kite fishing. Though most commonly used to kite fish with live baits for sailfish, dolphin and tuna, fishing kites are also extremely effective for baiting marlin, king mackerel, tarpon, sharks and even freshwater bass. In fact, there are very few predator fish that can resist a live bait struggling (or a dead bait skipping) on the water's surface - and the AFTCO Kite, when used properly, is the best tool for making a tantalizing surface presentation. Weight them to fly left or right and AFTCO kites can be flown and fished in tandem.

As co-founder of SeaWorld and other successful ventures, late AFTCO Chairman Milt Shedd always strived for perfection. That ethic was caught by Shedd family members and others on the AFTCO team.


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EASY TO ASSEMBLE

Upon removal of the kite from its storage tube, unroll it and insert the spars into the Dacron pockets sewn to each corner of the kite. Be sure that each spar first passes through the center Dacron loop (with clip attached) before inserting one end of the spar into one of the pockets on the back of the kite. This same corner pocket can then be pushed down on the deck and the spar can be flexed and inserted into the pocket at the opposite corner of the kite. The spars should fit across the kite snugly, but should not be bowed or bent in the middle once they are assembled. With both spars in place, the kite’s bridle can be adjusted, after which the bridle’s swivel should be attached to a clip on the kite fly-line, and the kite is in position to be flown.

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PERFORMANCE ADJUSTMENTS

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KITE FISHING ON THE TROLL

Trolling live or dead baits while using a kite can be extremely effective in attracting strikes from sailfish, tuna, dolphinfish and any other bluewater game fish prone to crashing a bait at the surface. When kite fishing while trolling, it is crucial to motor into the wind to keep the kite from stalling. For maximum surface coverage, many anglers position two kites out of the outriggers and then arrange a full spread of flat lines, as well.

Troll Kite Fishing

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KITE FISHING ADRIFT

Drifting is the most popular approach to kite fishing, punctuated by exciting surface strikes from aggressive game fish. Again, using two kites (weighted to fly to the left and right), with multiple baits off each kite line, helps to achieve maximum surface coverage. (In fact, flat lines used on the upwind side of the boat provide even more coverage.) Using a sea anchor(s) to slow the boat’s drift can help the kite fly better.

Kite Fishing Adrift