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Large Delta Kite Flying Instructions

Making a kite fly where you want it to go is one of the keys to successful kite fishing.

Kite instructions

There are two coastlock clips at the end of the 65kg kiteline on the large kite reel.

Attach the first clip to either wing spar of the kite above the plastic cross spar locator (or through the braided cord loop supplied only with the Delta Force Kite).

 

The second clip is attached to the appropriate eyelet on the keel of the kite. There are three eyelets on the keel.

The first (on the corner of the keel) is for light winds, the middle eyelet is for moderate winds and the third, (closest to the centre of the kite) is for strong to gusty conditions.

Safety Features

The clip attached to the wing spar is a safety feature and ensures that the kite is not lost if a clip or eyelet fail.

Be sure to check that both clips are securely fastened. The kite safety floats are a safety feature and should always be used with the Large Delta Kites. If the kite enters the water the safety float helps to keep the kite afloat.

The safety floats can be clipped directly to the light wind eyelet of the keel or, if you are using a safety trace (a short 10 to 15 kg trace) between the keel and the keel clip,the floats can be attached to the kiteline clip. Should your safety trace break the floats will come away with the kiteline and assist in keeping the kite afloat as it is recovered by the wing.

Be sure, if clipping the safety float to the light wind eyelet on the keel and also flying your kite from this eyelet, that the safety floats are connected BEHIND the kiteline.

If the kite does enter the water slacken off the mainline. If the kite has dived to the bottom the slack in the line will allow the kite to resurface with the assistance of the floats. Having the kite on the surface makes it easier when retrieving and also keeps the kite safe from scuffing on the bottom as the kite is hauled in.

Note: Always use Tawa or other hardwood dowel for the cross spar. Using beech or pine dowels will cause the kite to fly erratically and possibly crash. Only hardwood has sufficient linear strength for these powerful kites. If the cross spar bows in flight the kite will lose wingspan and stability.

The large delta kite is supplied with a 8 mm and 10 mm tawa dowel. Use the 8 mm in light winds or whittle down the ends of the 10 mm for use in moderate to strong winds. The dowel should fit easily into the cross spar locators with about half an inch of movement back and forth once fitted to the kite. Strong, knot free tawa dowel is very important. Pine or beech dowel is too weak and tends to bow out the back of the kite causing instability in flight.

The 8mm tawa dowel is another safety feature of our kites. Should the kite enter the water the dowel will break, fall away from the kite, and the kite will be safely retrieved on the surface by the wing.

If using the 10mm tawa dowel it is necessary to fit a safety trace between the kiteline clip and the eyelet of the keel. If the kite enters the water the safety trace will break allowing easy retrieval by the wing.

Tacking

Launch your kite and ascertain if it requires tacking to provide optimum fishing angle from shore. If so, attach the tacking rope (supplied with your rig) to the bottom end of the wing spar on the side you wish the kite to go to. Attach the clip of the tacking rope to the cord on the kite, above the plastic end cap on the wing.

Tie a screwed up plastic shopping bag to the lower end of the tacking rope. This creates the drag required for tacking. The more drag you have, the more your kite will tack. The stronger the wind is, the easier it is to obtain a good steady tack.

Relaunch your kite and study it for several minutes prior to setting your gear. Taking this time to ensure you have correctly set for the conditions could mean less time wasted once the gear is out.

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Maintenance

Rain or saltwater immersion does not affect the performance of these kites. Rinse your gear with fresh water after use and keep a check on your line for any scuffing or abrasion. Replace damaged line with a crimped join or blood knots and check regularly.

DO NOT USE SWIVELS TO JOIN LINES.

Check your kite for possible damage, particularly after flying in adverse conditions. Repair holes by searing them with heat or cover them with sail repair tape.

The large delta kite is supplied with a 8 mm and 10 mm tawa dowel. Use the 8 mm in light winds or whittle down the ends of the 10 mm for use in moderate to strong winds. The dowel should fit easily into the cross spar locators with about half an inch of movement back and forth once fitted to the kite. Strong, knot free tawa dowel is very important. Pine or beech dowel is too weak and tends to bow out the back of the kite causing instability in flight.

The 8 mm tawa dowel is another safety feature of our kites. Should the kite enter the water the dowel will break, fall away from the kite, and the kite will be safely retrieved on the surface by the wing.

If using the 10mm tawa dowel it is necessary to fit a safety trace between the kiteline clip and the eyelet of the keel. If the kite enters the water the safety trace will break allowing easy retrieval by the wing.

Caution

  1. Always fly your kite well clear of swimmers, areas where the rescue helicopter operates, or where boats may be prevalent.
  2. The bottom longline is designed to be fished over clear sandy snag-free areas only.
  3. Aviation regulations prohibit the flying of kites above 400 feet or within five miles of any airport or aerodrome.
  4. Some areas of our seaways are used by amphibious aircraft or for Air Force exercises. If in any doubt phone your local Civil Aviation Department.
  5. Current New Zealand fishing regulations allow 9 snapper per person per day plus 20 other fish on the east coast. West coast fishers are permitted 15 snapper per person per day plus 20 other fish.
  6. Longline regulations allow a maximum of 25 hooks per line. (Not per person) e.g. To set 50 hooks legally for two or more fishers would require two longlines with a maximum of 25 hooks per line.

Target Snapper Hooks

All of Paul's Fishing Kites rigs are supplied with Target Snapper Hooks.

These hooks are designed to reduce gut hooking to less than 1%, increase your catch of large snapper while reducing the number of undersized snapper you will catch.

Target Snapper Hooks are a recurve hook and for optimum fishing results should be baited as follows:

  • Scale and fillet your bait
  • Cut bait into strips
  • Put the hook through the bait at one end of the strip, penetrating the flesh first then through the skin.

NOTE: Do not choke the bight of the hook and don't hook your baits through the centre of the strips as this can cause the bait to spin and may twist and tangle the traces.

 

 

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