|Ive tried it a couple of times on long range boats in mexico. Its pretty commonly used to go after bigger fish...you can use 200 lb. leader and the kite skips either 2 sardines, a flying fish, or a dead humboldt squid on the surface...so the leader is never in the water and the fish dont see it. I never hooked anything big on my rotations...just a couple of 40 lbers which aint much of a challenge with a big 50 sized reel and 200 lb. spectra. Seen other guys hook some nice ones in the 100 to 130 lb. class along with some ig wahoo and watching the fish sometimes jump completely out of the water and crash on the bait is a sight to behold...heck i get a kick out of a bonita boiling on a bonita feather trailing a bubble. They used special aftco kites with release clips, and theres another guy usually up on the upper deck ( if there is one) that has has a rod with some heavy braid on a 6/0 with an electric attachment to retrieve the kite after the fish bites or the kite falls. A lot of folks dont like fishing the kite because sometimes you get stuck standing, holding a big, heavy 50 sz reel in a harness in the hot sun for like 45 minutes without getting bit and houncant rest the rod on the rail becquse your in the middle of the deck behind the bait tank. On the last trip that i tried it, i got to try the three boat rigs with 50s..a tiagra 50w, a penn 50w, and an accurate atd 50, to catch the little 40 lbers...not much fun but at least i got to pull on something on each reel and try them out.
I think if you tried using a kite from a pier down here in sou cal, youd probally hook up with a paddleboarder, a jetskier, boater...just too much surface traffic. Either that or a pelican, seagull, or seal. Nice way to tweak a good reel...hook a 200 lb + seal with heavy line.
Let em go and let em grow