Kite Fishing (cont)
The southeast coast of Florida is fairly windy and known as prime kite fishing area, mainly for highly prized sailfish. The fish are biting from October through April, making it a prime "off-season" fishing destination. Because Florida is ahead of the kite fishing curve, the sport has spread across the state, with anglers on the Gulf Coast using this method in recent years. The technique has also caught on in other locations around the world to fish for a variety of species. In fact, you can fish for pretty much any fish using the kite method.
California fishermen troll the Pacific in search of large yellowfin tuna, and in the Northeast bluefin is on the menu. Kite fishermen usually have luck catching types of fish that like to feed near the surface of the water. A typical kite fishing day could yield snapper, tuna, wahoo, bonito, kingfish and even shark that are out for the fish interested in your bait. Even bottom feeders can come up to the surface on occasion for an unexpected catch.
One plus of kite fishing is that you can use the technique from a variety of places -- from the shore and from almost any kind of boat. When angling for fish with a kite, look for where the blue water meets the green water. This edge is known for being fertile fishing ground. Reefs, either natural or man-made, are also prime spots for kite fishing. Just do your best to keep your kite out of the water. Retrieving a downed kite is tricky and you can easily break the kite. If you manage to get the kite into the boat in one piece, it needs to fully dry before you send it back into service. This is why the experienced kite fisherman always brings along at least one backup kite.