Paul's Fishing Kites is constantly involved in ongoing research, development and improvement of their kitefishing equipment in an effort to enhance your fishing success.
Paul's Fishing Kites also undertake research and development work for both the New Zealand Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries.
The Target Snapper Hooks from Paul's Fishing Kites are the only selective and anti gut hooking fish hook available in the world.
Not only do they prevent fish from swallowing the hook, they also halve your catch of undersized fish and increase
your catch of legal size fish.
These hooks are a direct result of our extensive research and development with the Ministry of Fisheries over the last five years. A report on the results of the fish hook trials is currently being prepared and will be posted on this site after the
Ministry of Fisheries peer review process is completed.
An underwater setting device to prevent the capture of seabirds in the tuna surface longline fishery was invented by Paul's Fishing Kites in 1997.
This device is currently undergoing extensive at sea trials in the Australian tuna longline fishery.
This innovative device deploys the baited hooks 4 to 5 metres below the surface immediately behind the vessel and out of the diving range of most seabirds.
Information on the outcome of the underwater setting device trials will be posted on this site
as it becomes available.
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Edward R. Butler from the Antarctic Research Centre, School of Earth Science, Victoria University Wellington using a Paul's
Fishing Kites Super Kite to map the sea bed profile in McMurdo Sound, Antartica. The rig used was a casting dropper rig which towed out a Unidata model 6508D water depth probe and cable.
The depth probe was released at the required distance offshore where it sunk to the seabed.
The depth was relayed from the depth probe through the cable to a data logger and laptop on the shore.
The cable was then hauled in at 1 metre increments which allowed for a very detailed bottom contour to be constructed.