I didn't want it to sever the line so I waded into the surf to grab it.
The line was in a mess!
The shark had tangled and badly nicked the hook section with it's teeth, nearly severing it completely in a couple of places.
It only took a couple of minutes to unclip the damaged hook section and clip on our spare for the third set.
With the set 400metres out the wind stopped completely and the kites fell into the water despite the fact we started the winch while they were still airborne.
The reason we couldn’t save the kites by winching became apparent five minutes after the event when the wind blew straight onshore at a steady 10 knots.
The kites simply couldn’t handle the lull followed by 180-degree wind shift. We winched the kites in, the safety traces on the kites broke and eased the load while preventing damage to the kites.
All were surprised to see we had caught a dogfish and another gurnard on such a haphazard and short set.
PS: I filleted the shark immediately on the beach and put it on ice so all who wanted got a feed. Everyone who contacted me after the demo said they really enjoyed eating it.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy the day on the beach.
The Key Points Shown at the Demo
- For those without winches the up-rigger roller system avoids the hassle of trying to haul two powerful kites in on a single line. The up-rigger kite is always hauled first and usually is only let out to 200 to 300 metres offshore.
- The Powerchute and Megamouth kites can fish in incredibly light winds - those with delta kites were struggling to get their kites out - few succeeded
- Dropper rigs are superior to longlines on the west coast in light wind or high surf conditions
- Sharks pose little threat to dropper rigs
A special thanks to Neill Sperath for all the excellent photos above which were taken at the demo.
More Demo Reports
Check out the report on the following fishing trip the held the next week which demonstrated a 2000 metre two kite dropper rig. It has heaps of fantastic photos of the catch and the fishing spot plus valuable fishing information.