Lessons learned and relearned. Maybe mostly reminded me of previous trips, good ones, slow catching and what to try to overcome.
#1 The kite and how you can develop a love/hate relationship there. Previous successes like a 135# Yellowfin at Alijos, two cows in ‘09, personal best 2017.
So, the kite can be very rewarding, putting in the time, steadily watching the indicator balloon, looking for the telltale dip and watching for the splash if it goes like that. On the other hand, the negative part of it, “kite jail” can drive you nuts with the indecision, “should I stay or should I go now” I had a non-productive session one afternoon and the next day I was offered some more, another chance. Fish were hitting the deck with some regularity, something like a couple dozen of them, while my bait was ignored. A member of the crew who was fishing the trip with his dad, said, “they’re eating everything” and I said to myself “except for the kite baits”
I eventually tapped out and went back to fishing a flylined bait, had to try. It’s up to the individual to make that decision whether to stick with it or bail out.
#2 Watch out for the toothy critters, seen and unseen. Birds will fold back their wings and dive into the water to grab a bait. If your line is nearby it might get chewed incidentally. The unseen creatures are probably the worst. I don’t know what they are but I do know they can wreck your line. I experienced that twice early on in the trip, resulting in break off and lost fish. That was with 80# hollow on the ATD12T. Further on in the trip, I discovered a chewed up spot on the line on my ATD30T, several hundred feet in. Easy enough to tie a knot there, asked a crew member to strip it off with the line winder and he also cut and spliced it for me. Fishing the bigger gear, I found several chewed spots on the blue 80# Jerry Brown Hollow that I use for making topshots. I bought the blue stuff for a less flashy appearance compared to the white, but now I’m rethinking it, maybe it’s attracting them.