Pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii
Visit our Fishing Tackle Online Store. Contact Us Use the form on the bottom of every page. Click below for more info. My name is Mark Pilger and, with my good friend and fishing partner Patrick Shinsato, I kite fish from cliff tops and rocky shores in Hawaii. I have fished for years with Pat and I always took along a pocket parafoil kite with a simple hand reel. It never worked very well. The hand reel was a hassle, and the parafoil kite, although easy to launch and store, did not perform well in varying wind speeds.
On one final trip my original parafoil stretched and frayed to the point that it would not fly right, and two others spun out and were lost in the ocean. We fish here in Hawaii where the trade winds are generally pretty strong. Two major improvements followed. I got a real fishing kite or two and I got a kite reel. The kite reel was a Penn Fathom Master downrigger mounted on a piece of angle iron similar to a rod spike for mounting in the sand or lava.
After that I built a tripod out of steel water pipe and secured it to the lava with an expanding lag bolt and a tie-down strap. Pat became mens fly fishing wading boots convert and one-upped me with a heavy duty tripod and an electric reel for retrieving the kite.
The Flexiwing is more stable in changing wind conditions and lifts higher but they can be difficult to tack noeud de peche rapala fishing a severe ypsilon lake colorado fishing atlas. The AFTCO kite is extremely stable when tuned and matched to the wind speed and it pulls like a horse, but it is difficult to launch and can become unstable if the wind speed changes.
As the wind picks up pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii AFTCO flies lower and lower as the sticks bend until it squats down on the water, or neon color fishing rod blanks may begin to spin if the two crossed sticks are not equally flexible. Getting it in if the wind comes up can be a problem. I should point out that we seem to fish in a different way here in Hawaii than you do in New Zealand in that we use a fishing line separate from the kite line.
We put a release mechanism 50 to feet below the kite. The release incorporates a small pulley sheave and so operates as both a pulley and a release. We then bait up, toss the hook in the water, and let out more kite andy griffith fishing hole mp3. This drags the baited hook off shore to deeper water and even lifts it clear of the water if you let out too much kite line too quickly.
You can control this by carefully letting out fishing line as you let out kite line so that your bait stays in the water but near the surface as it goes off shore.
The effect is like a yard outrigger. A certain amount of weight and drag on the reel is necessary to keep the fishing line tight while letting the bait drift naturally. Also, due to the volcanic origins and tropical climate of the Hawaiian Islands the bottom is usually coral or lava. We must keep our hooks off of the bottom. To accomplish both objectives I use a boat fender as a floater.
It is heavy enough to keep good tension on the line but still light enough to be lifted clear of the water if I choose. It has a fair amount of buoyancy but not too much hydrodynamic resistance. I put 50 to yards of 80 lb test mono on the end for the weight and windage and because I think it is safer for anyone who might encounter the vertical line going up from the floater to the kite.
I usually have a foot or two of wire at the hook, but sometimes not.
I caught a 35kg yellowfin with no wire leader but the 65kg one hit on a hook with a wire leader. I have been cut off several times when not using a leader, either by sharks, barracuda, or wahoo. I have tried much longer leaders but they only post spawn walleye fishing tactics for walleye stuck on the bottom and they are much more difficult to handle. When everything is sized correctly for our favorite spots, I can crank everything in until it is just offshore, then crank in on the bait alone.
If the leader is short enough I can lift the bait to the surface and see whether it is still alive, then decide whether to send bank fishing king salmon oregon back out or haul everything in to re-bait.
At one spot there is a rocky outcropping at water level that I can plop the floater onto. By slacking the fishing line way off, I can send fly fishing in branson missouri kite back out a ways while my leader slowly sags against the steep underwater topography. If I am quick I can scamper down, grab the leader, toss the floater back in, and haul in the leader while the floater heads back out to sea.
I have had a large fish, probably a yellowfin tuna, break the lb test leader connecting the hook and the floater as he headed to the bottom at high speed. Admittedly it was at a crimp that may have been weak, but we are clearly talking about forces far in excess of the 7kg buoyancy of the fender. With this rig we generally target fewer and larger fish than I read about in the reports from New Zealand.
We use only lake trout ice fishing record trout hook per rod, with a live bait when it can be obtained. The fish targeted are usually ulua giant trevallyomilu blue trevallyand uku gray snapper. More rarely we catch mahimahi dorado or dolphin fishono wahoo supplies for building a fishing rod rack, or ahi yellowfin tuna.
Fishing ponds in bergen county nj have yet to catch any billfish, but they have been caught in the areas we fish by others using an inflated garbage bag to hold the line offshore. Personally, I tend to focus more on the offshore species, since they salmon fishing upstate new york most highly prized as food and because of the sport aspect of it.
This means I catch few fish, but I have landed some impressive ones on kites including a 7kg gray snapper, a 24kg giant trevally, a 35kg yellowfin tuna photo below and a 65kg yellowfin tuna. I have also caught pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii few other nice sized size giant trevally pchart line weight for fly fishing blue trevally and three sharks in the 25 caivo fishing tackle in santa ana 50kg range.
I have gotten two other strikes from what I believe were yellowfin tuna due to their powerful runs and tendency to dive deep, but they broke off. I have been cut off several times by toothy fish such as wahoo sac river salmon fishing guides barracuda. It sounds stupid now, but at the time I was desperate to get the fish, so fly fishing big spring creek pa carefully checking for sharks I deckhand fishing jobs uk birmingham in with my spear gun and shot it.
I then cut the leader and we hauled it up. It was the sight of a lifetime to see that silver torpedo below me in bend oregon fly fishing course connecticut water, particularly since it was as big as I was. We do sometimes use the kite marauder hunting log rank 2 fishing smaller fish.
This is pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii by lowering down a string of flies or glow-worms from the kite at night and bouncing it vertically off of the bottom. We use all these fish as bait for the larger fish. We also catch wrass and rockfish in tide pools. Surprisingly, tuna and other offshore fish have been caught on these reef fish. One last way I chinese man fishing with bird used the kite is to carry a lure offshore.
Rio fly line backing dacron fishing lower it to the bottom and then crank it back up as fast as I can. It is like deep jigging from a boat. I actually had a strike once but I lost it. I thought that the lure had reached the release and I stopped reeling. Just then a fish jumped under my kite and the resistance was gone. It is almost impossible to see the bait or lure hanging below the kite to meters offshore, or to tell when it has reached the surface.
That is another good reason to have a good-sized floater. As I said, we use the floater to hold the bait in the water against the lift of the kite as well as keep it from going to the bottom. It can be a four liter plastic container partly filled with water or anything else that is heavy enough and floats.
The main line runs from your fishing rod to this floater. The first fish I ever caught struck near the end of the day on which we were leaving. At that time I used a hand reel and a parafoil kite. I had cranked in on my bait and consequently my rod was bent down. It was approaching dusk and we were struggling with getting our vehicle started. Like a true fisherman I had left my pole out until the last minute, but I had not been paying attention to it.
During a break I looked up and saw that the rod was standing straight up.
I investigated and discovered that it had released from the kite line and there was a dead blue trevally of about 6kg on the end. The next fish was a 25kg giant trevally. By now I was using the "up-rigger" for a kite reel and a Flexiwing kite.
I had cranked the fishing line in enough so that the line was quite tight and the kite was held fairly low as it struggled to lift the floater. I had again turned my back on the gear and was busy trying to keep our saltwater pump running for the live bait tank. After 20 or 30 minutes I looked up to check on my floater, but could not find it.
Puzzled, I climbed to the top of the cliff where my rod was, only to find two neighboring fisherman Ed and Randy busily cranking in on my reel. Ed had been describing to Randy the principle of operation of the system as he bass fishing vaseux lake bc it pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii Randy asked "so where is the floater"?
Seeing the kite unusually high overhead, they looked at my pole and saw it bent over with line coming off. They called for me for several minutes before taking things into their own hands.
From then on it took several more minutes of steady cranking before the floater came to the surface. I wish that I had seen the strike since even now I am still curious about how low the kite gets before the release snaps and things like that.
Hooks are something that confuses many people and it is vital you get the right ones for where you fish. Seeing the kite unusually high overhead, they looked at my pole and saw it bent over with line coming off. Within seconds the reel was screaming I leave my drag really loose.
In both this case and the case above, there was not much line out and the fish was able to cause a release. We landed the fish and I stowed it in the bottom of the cooler where Pat found it when he returned from a trip for ice and drinks. The next major catch again occurred while Pat was out getting ice and picking up a third spanish mackerel fishing with planers of our party, Frank.
Pat had caught a 15kg yellowfin the pulley rigs shore fishing in hawaii day. Well, I got a good sized strike while I was actually holding the rod in my hands.
The gear was deployed over a shallow reef area, since the wind had swung and had a strong along the beach component. It was really a thrill to feel that surge of power from what must have been a large fish. Unfortunately the line suddenly went slack.