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John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:33:19 am »
I imported an all-weather AFTCO fishing kite sometime ago and recently decided to give it a try (http://www.ultimateangling.co.za/index.php?topic=23299.0).

I got hooked on it so decided to make another kite and see if I could make it half decent enough to fly.

I used the second pair of spars (strong wind spars) that came with the AFTCO kite and basically copied the design.

Bought a cheapy red/orange shoprite umblella, did all the cutting and had it stitched by a local "bush" tailor.

I did not punch any holes so I could have a light/medium wind kite (8-15 knots), whilst the AFTCO one can actually handle 8-20 knots.

Tried the DIY kite under different wind conditions with the two sets of spars: light (8-10 knots) and medium (13-16 knots) and it handled both conditions very well.

Stable and the way it was supposed to be! Very happy!

Total cost: 700 MZN (about R157 or U$11.30). The AFCTCO one is about U$120 plus shipping and tax!

I suppose the spars would be the most expensive component if I had to buy them...
 
Additionally, I made a few kite markers out of champagne corks in different colors!!!

Yesterday, I made several slips shot leads to bank the kites to the left/right if needed. This way I can fly 2 kites simultaneously (4 baits) and still have flat lines in the water!!!

Now all I need to do is make a couple of balloon thongs to secure the helium balloons and even if the wind is not blowing (remember those flat winter months?!), we'll be fishing!  :geet










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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 10:04:12 am »
It looks great.
What are the dimensions?
Just thinking all those old busted bass rods I have lying around could be used as spars.
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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 10:17:10 am »
The kite is about 84 x 84 cm... so the spars are about 118 cm long

The spars need to be very light and strong.... I think they are made of graphite or carbon fiber.... I suppose with strong wind one can get away with S/S spars. If you have a 40ft plus boat :hehe:

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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 12:21:03 pm »
Good luck  :rck"..I cant wait to see the results.

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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 07:24:30 am »
Nice Marcos!
So you fly this off the boat?

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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 09:38:02 am »
Yes. Here's how it works. The guys in Florida fish up to 3 baits per kite....  I'll stick to two baits off each kite.

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Re: John F's DIY: Fishing kite
« Reply #6 on: Today at 07:45:46 pm »
I like this.

The poles in the tents one buys would also work very well for this. Think the tent material will also do well.
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