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Balloon Fishing For Stripers

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Great testimonial below from earlier this Summer!

Last weekend we were fishing in Kennebunkport Maine with Capt. Bruce Hebert and we were using balloons to float Mackerel and Pollack as live bait along the rocky coastline fishing for Stripped Bass. I found it very interesting how they floated and moved with live bait on a 6 foot drop. I have used 4” bobbers in Casco Bay, Portland to Boothbay Harbor and the Kennebeck River, both in Maine. The wind didn’t effect the balloons as it does bobbers and they work fantastic when the fish strikes the bait, there is so much less resistance than is created by bobbers.” So talking with Bruce, he said, “fishing with balloons is a complete game changer… The ratio of hooked fish is so much more than missed strikes and pulled bait due to bobber drag.  I have taken all bobbers off my boat and we will be fishing with FisherKing Balloons this weekend. Here is a pic of a 28” fish I caught last weekend.

Balloon Fishing for Kingfish in New Zealand

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Here’s a recent pic provided by a customer in New Zealand using Balloon Fisher King balloon clips.  Recognize this monster fish? In New Zealand it’s called a kingfish.  In the US, it’s an amberjack (aka, “reef donkey” and for good reason…).  Balloon Fisher King provides 100% natural latex, biodegradable balloons in many sizes based on bait weight, but larger 9″ balloons are used as floats by many NZ anglers since the live bait used to target big kingfish are usually 4 to 6 lb “kahawai” and also mackerel which would easily pull a 5″ balloon under. Big baits for big fish!

Pier Fishing With Balloon Fisher King

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It’s always great to receive positive Balloon Fisher King testimonials. Here’s one recently received from an angler in Venice FL that uses Balloon Fisher King for pier fishing and also with a sabiki rig for bait fish. Check out the picture of the bait fish haul in just 1 hour!

“I have no words to explain how effective at catching fish this Balloon Clip is. I am a professional fisherman fishing about 2-3 times a week. And this clip has not only helped me catch game fish like Shark, Cobia, Barracuda, and Kingfish, but I have never caught so many baitfish on Hook & Line in one day in my life just using this clip. Truly the best new product on the market.”

Balloon Fishing For Sailfish

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Thanks much to one of our BFK customers for sharing this pic of a nice Gulf of Mexico sailfish recently caught while using Balloon Fisher King clips and balloons and blue runners for live bait.

Balloon Fishing For Striped Bass

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Probably most common freshwater species for balloon fishing is striped bass for live baiting. Thanks for this pic from customer Kurt Halter who said “works great!” using a BFK balloon clip with shad as live bait to land this nice striper from Lake Murray in Lexington, SC.

Balloon Clip Also Effective As A Weight Clip

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Balloon Fisher King balloon clips are also growing fast in popularity as a quick and easy, adjustable down weight or down bait weight clip for either live or dead bait.  You can use them with or without a balloon and whether drifting or slow trolling…the principal is the same to drop your bait into the water column at the desired depth.  The technique has become quite common for shark fisherman.  Here’s a short video from Florida Sportfishing Magazine to show how it’s done –

Balloon Fishing With Biodegradable Balloons From Balloon Fisher King

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It’s no secret that balloons are quite effective as a live or dead bait float.  But…there is a “material” difference in the quality of Balloon Fisher King balloons.  We don’t use inferior, “party store” balloons made from harmful synthetic latex or plastic materials which can easily pop or tear.  We use only high quality, 100% natural latex, biodegradable balloons which are environmentally friendly, and exclusive only to Balloon Fisher King.  One can easily reuse the same balloon throughout the day, then dispose of it properly when finished.  So when fishing with balloons, please use Balloon Fisher King balloons!

Kayak Fishing with Balloon Fisher King

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More and more kayak anglers are finding out about and fast becoming users of Balloon Fisher King.  Kayak fishing is all about efficiency, so the reasons are pretty straight forward.

Balloon Fisher King is an ideal suspension float for any type of live or dead bait.  The balloon clips are reusable, allow for balloon attachment and removal from fishing line in seconds, and provide precise bait depth control for under the surface or off bottom structure.  The balloons don’t take up limited space on a kayak like traditional floats.  Plus the balloons are high quality, 100% natural latex and will not pop or tear easily like cheap, synthetic latex balloons, so you can use the same balloon throughout the entire day.

Mark Patterson of the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association (NCKFA) uses Balloon Fisher King for kingfish and spanish mackerel in saltwater and hybrid bass and night-time flathead catfish (using Night Fisher) in freshwater.  Captain Jerry Dilsaver a regular speaker at NCKFA kayak fishing seminars has this to say about Balloon Fisher King, “I like that it can be added or removed quickly and doesn’t leave a wrap on the line like the rubber bands I was using.” 

Word of mouth travels fast and that is good news for Balloon Fisher King with kayak anglers!

FREE PRO PACK 5″ OFFER:  We’re always looking for new pictures or video for our website gallery, so send us your pictures or video of any fish landed using Balloon Fisher King (include the balloon clip + balloon in the image) and we’ll send you a FREE Pro Pack with 5″ inch Balloons (includes 5 balloon clips + 10 5″ latex balloons).  Send the pictures or video along with your name and shipping address to


Shark Fishing with Balloon Fisher King

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Some days, when the conditions are good, it’s fun to just go out and mess around.  Recently, I did that with my wife, my 11 year old son, one of his good buddies, and a neighbor friend of mine on an afternoon half-day charter with Capt. Brant McMullen of Ocean Isle Fishing Center –

With the Spanish nowhere to be found nearshore that afternoon, and the kingfish still scattered from all the recent rainfall, our plan was to hit some of the local reefs within 10 miles off the Brunswick county beaches to see if we could find a few blacktip shark for some fun.  We were not disappointed.

We used Spanish Mackerel as cut bait along with Bluerunners, Grey Trout and “noisy” Croakers as live bait (the boys caught them off the bottom using sabiki rigs) all afternoon under Balloon Fisher King rigs.  We had 3 lines out and the action was constant with strikes on all the lines, including double hook-ups.  We had a few break offs, but otherwise the Balloon Clips worked flawlessly and we ended up landing black nose, lemon and several blacktip sharks including one 5 footer which my son’s friend battled for about 40 minutes.

It was a fun offshore day and can’t wait to do it again!