Setting up a kite reel

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  1. sealskinner

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    I'm setting up my TLD 30II.
    What size line do you use to fly a kite?
    #200
    #130
    #80
    What is your preference?
     
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    i'd offer up the way mine is rigged, but all my kite flying attempts began with a beautiful skip, and fly, but they ended in tragedy. it was of the biggest emotional swings i've experienced. total glory to complete chaos. so ill be watching to see what others say.....
     
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    On a long range boat? My preference is to use at least a 50 size metal bodied reel capable of generating and surviving 50# of drag...a TLD 30 would not be adequate in both strength and line capacity for the kite on a long range boat.
     
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    For kite or yummie ?
     
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    I want to fly the kite from a private boat.
     
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    Avet HX2 loaded with 65lb braid.

    Plenty of drag, plenty of line and haven't had a break in two seasons with the same braid.
     
  8. MATTANZA

    MATTANZA old man of the sea, in training.

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    for trolling a 50 or 50wide 2 speed reel. we troll a 50s with 1200yds of 80lb spectra. for the reel to let the actual kite out an old penn with a 2:1 gear ratio with 550 yds of 80lb spectra. you can bait fish with a kite from a still boat also.
     
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    High speed reel is best if possible. Helmet to reel in 600 yards of line after you're bit.
     
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    80# on a 6/0 with a nut and drill to wind.
     
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    I am under the assumption we are talking about for the kite itself and not the yummy or bait line.

    The TLD is a good choice, as well as #65 or #80 spectra. Keeping the spool on the full side also helps speed up the retrieval and reset. You may even use the low gear at times when it’s windy and you have to reset several times. It does get tiring.
     
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    On a recommendation from a fellow angler, I got an Avet 80;3. Tons of line capacity, in case way wants to fly the kit further back(as Andy from the RR often does). Anyway, I just used a standard 6’ seeker 3X. Setup worked great on last trip. I have some spine problems...so the rail and that low,speed saved my life. Got a nice 176 pounder with no issues. I know you’re setting up your 50Tld... but if you ha e the $$, you might want to step out to a penn, Shimano or Avet of the proper size. A trip on the kite could lead to a personal best fish. Make sure you’re confident in the reel on your end.
     
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    Mike, after reeling the kite in 1 time, you'll wish you had an electric reel or a cordless drill to bring it in.

    Or designate some young strong lucky greenhorn on the boat as "kiteboy"
     
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    Kites are so 2017.
    2016 was all poppers.
    Wait for later in 2018, it’s gonna be a whole new game.
     
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    Have you considered using a downrigger to fly the kite from. Anybody tried, and with what results.
     
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    x1000! So what will it be? Green pole? Dredges? Down riggers?
     
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    I will echo the electric reel recommendations for the kite itself. The coolest part is you can hit the retrieve lever when you get a strike and it will automatically reel in the kite while you are fighting the fish. Easy peasy! Diawa makes one that you can pick up for around $400. Here is the one I have.

    It also works as a great deep drop reel.

    With regards to line widget for the kite, 65-80 should do the trick.

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5336488034&icep_item=301864482366
     
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    That sounds like a cluster... even on a good day downriggers are still a pain. Add in a kite with way more resistance than a ball. A arm that’s going to drag your kite right into the water and you have my literal nightmare.
     
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    I use Trulines, Sabres and Harnells.
    Kites are cutting edge shit to me.
     
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    I'm having a 60' green stick installed on my 17' whaler right now! This is gonna be amazing.
     

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