Above Right: Launching the main kite from the winch
Above: As we were fishing over the top of the spring tide we parked the four wheel drive vehicles in a gut between the dunes and well above the reach of the incoming tide.
Above: Large drifting logs - scenic, a good seat or baitboard - extremely dangerous for the unwary driving on the beach at night.
We launched the Mega Mouth Kite in 5-10 knots of north easterly wind and had ample pull to set a full complement of 25 hooks. I had bought fresh mullet bait from my local hawker the night before and things were looking good for a successful days fishing.
The team all helped wih the baiting of the traces and weighting of the float - in no time we had the gear setting at about walking speed.
As the rig neared 500 metres out a a Powerchute Kite flown on a 50 metre kiteline was attached to the 65kg mainline of the two kite dropper rig. This quickly lifted the mainline out of the water and dramatically increased the setting speed of the rig.
Above: Launching the second kite on a kiteline which is stored on a conventional beach reel or handspool. A clip at the end of the 50 metre kiteline is unclipped from the beach reel or handspool and attached to a shock cord fitted into the in mainline of the big rig.
Note: Always wrap a few turns of the kiteline around your wrist before you unclip any kiteline with a flying kite on it and don't unwrap it until it is clipped securely to something else.
The setting speed of the rig more than doubled as the second kite caught the breeze. Once out to 1000 metres we left it to fish for an hour. We figured if the catch was poor we would let the next set out to 1500 - 2000 metres, at 1000 metres we were fishing our feet first.
Below: The Two-Kite Dropper rig with both kites on the same mainline. The photo was taken soon after the second kite was launched. The mainline is supported between the two kites.