Kite Fishing (cont)
KITE FISHING GEAR
Gear is important for any kind of fishing, but that's especially so with kite fishing. You're going to need some very specific and sometimes expensive components to make it all work. First and foremost, you're going to need a kite, and not just any kite. It must be a kite specifically made for fishing. A fishing kite ranges between $50 and $100, for the most part. And like recreational kites, they come in a variety of shapes sizes and colors, depending on your needs. The more expensive kites are generally heavier weight, sturdier and able to withstand stronger winds. High-speed spool reels are used, although some kite fishing rigs rely on mechanical spools to do the dirty work. The rod used with a kite rig is short, about 3 feet long, and stout.
The releases are another key piece of equipment. This is what attaches the baited line to the kite line. They are built to release as soon as something tugs on it and run about $10 each. There are also all kinds of side items you can buy for kite fishing: Ceramic rings help reduce wear and tear on the kite line. Marker floats indicate where the bait meets the water and rod holder for when you want to kick things up a notch and use several rod-and-reel rigs per kite line.
Typically, you're going to sink about $300 or more into a basic beginner's kite fishing rig. There are Web sites that sell complete kits for a little under $300, and if you plan on going top-of-the-line with your gear you can spend more than $300 on the mechanical reel all by itself. Your best bet as a newbie is to go out on a chartered kite fishing boat and see how you do before sinking a lot of money into a rig.