Fishing kites deliver “high” performance

 Modern kite fishing traces its beginnings to the 1940s and the efforts of Capt. Bob Lewis to perfect the technique. He made his own kites and eventually opened a business to supply the growing legion of anglers who adopted this method for suspending baits at the surface.
   Lewis passed away in 1997, but his son and daughter-in-law, Capt. Jimmy and Holly Lewis, now keep the business and family name aloft. “We sell thousands of kites each year,” says Holly. “Anyone who has kite-fished will tell you there’s no more effective way to catch pelagics such as sailfish, dolphin, kingfish, wahoo and tuna.
Sticks ‘n’ Skins
The material used in Lewis kites  varies because the company offers six different models, each designed for specific wind conditions.
Kites meant for use in calm breezes employ the lightest sticks possible. “You’d be amazed at how much of a difference just a few grams per stick make in the amount of wind it takes to fly a kite,” Holly says.
All fishing kites connect to the deployment line via a three-point    bridle (attached to the top corners and the centre of the kite). Bridle adjustments control the kite’s angle and cause it to fly higher or lower. Riding at the proper angle also helps a kite “spill” or “dump” wind instead of struggling against a brisk breeze and juking from side to side.
Anglers can deploy kites using monofilament, Dacron or Spectra lines. Stotesbury sums up their characteristics: “Mono is hard to see, has large diameter, high wind resistance and poor knot strength; Dacron offers good visibility, minimal stretch, a rather small diameter, low wind resistance and fair knot strength; Spectra has no stretch, good visibility, the smallest diameter, the least wind resistance and fair knot strength.”

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