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Bridling baits for the Kite or straight hook ???

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Bridling baits for the Kite or straight hook ???

Postby pescador » Tue Mar 11, 2003 9:56 am

what do you prefer?
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Postby RudyGomez » Tue Mar 11, 2003 10:31 am

I’ve never braided a bait before in my life – I just never saw the need. I also thought this method was more for really big live baits like mackerel or bonito for marlin fishing. For kite fishing, I usually hook the bait just aft of the dorsal and it seems to work fine.
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Postby topangler » Tue Mar 11, 2003 9:42 pm

What kind of baits would you use on a kite that would need to be braided, and why :?:
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Bridling Baits

Postby Double D Charters » Tue Mar 11, 2003 11:48 pm

Bridling baits is very effective when kite fishing. The primary function of bridling a bait is to keep the bait more active for a longer time. Instead of having a hook in its back, now all you have is a piece of floss or rubber band. Bridling baits is also imperative if you are using circle hooks with bigger baits like goggle eyes, blue runners, tinkers etc. Bridling a circle hook allows the entire circle hook to be exposed and your hook up ratio will increase. I find circle hooks like the eagle Claw 2004EL used with big baist on a kite, properly bridled, greatly increase your catch ratio, especially with sailfish, and you get a much "cleaner" release (less gut hooked fish).
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Kite Baits

Postby pescador » Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:21 pm

Double D, I use Circle hooks as well. Ever since I started using them my Hook up ratio has dramatically increased. Its interesting that the circle hook concept has been around for centuries, and its just coming to fruition.
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Postby Maverick » Thu Mar 13, 2003 8:20 pm

Dean do you use dental floss or rubber bands to bridal?
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bridling baits

Postby toptenagain » Fri Mar 14, 2003 9:55 am

Taking the time to bridle your baits is a definate advantage. Like Dean said, when using the hard baits such as google eys, tinkers, blue runners bridling allows for a better hook up because of the esposed hook. Also, the hook won't have to tear thru the bait to hook up. I personally prefer using rubber bands. They are faster to employ and snap off cleanly. When using white baits such as pilchards and threadfins whihc i usually use on flat lines i'll use a j-hook thru the nose and thats it.
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Waxed Thread

Postby Double D Charters » Tue Mar 18, 2003 7:30 pm

Sorry I took a while to reply, but have been busy swordfishing and sailfishing. To answer the question though, I like to use waxed thread. The rubber band keeps the hook tight to the bait, but I have increased my hook up ratio leaving a small gap between the hook and the bait. The only problem is you get cut off morewith toothy critters, as they usually cut you off on the floss.
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Postby toptenagain » Thu Mar 20, 2003 1:59 pm

By the way, Dean, congrats on the big sword the other night!
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