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 – www.oifc.com.

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!

 

 

 

 

Balloon Fisher King Headed To 2014 ICAST

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Next week from July 15 – 18 the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, better known as ICAST, will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.  Balloon Fisher King is very excited to once again be an exhibitor at ICAST!

This year’s ICAST show will be hosting 10,000+ members of the global recreational fishing industry.  ICAST is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel.  The ICAST show also presents the annual New Product Showcase which is the #1 reason why many people come to ICAST to see the newest sportfishing industry products before they are unveiled to the fishing public.  At this year’s ICAST show, Balloon Fisher King will participate in the New Product Showcase with Night Fisher – a first of it’s kind “night time balloon fishing kit”.  To find out more about Night Fisher click here.

If you are a retailer, distributor, or media member, please stop by and visit Balloon Fisher King at exhibit #2442.

To find out more about 2014 ICAST visit www.icastfishing.org.

Balloon Fisher King A Sponsor For 2014 OIFC / Jolly Mon King Classic

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It’s that time again.  Schools of King Mackerel are now beginning to show offshore off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina so it must be kingfish tournament time.  Once again, Ocean Isle Fishing Center will kick-off the area kingfish tournament season with the annual OIFC / Capt. Brant’s Jolly Mon King Classic this coming weekend from June 26 – 29 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

The Jolly Mon King Classic is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments in the Southeast every year and this year is no exception with 250+ boat entrants already registered and still more expected before the weekend.

Balloon Fisher King balloon clips are commonly used by many kingfish anglers in the area for suspending “anxious” live bait under a balloon over bottom structure to draw frenzied kings to the surface to pick off an easy meal.  One of THE coolest things to watch is a hyped up kingfish skying out of the water to pounce on a live pogie, mullet or bluefish suspended under a balloon with nowhere to run (or dive).  Balloon Fisher King is very proud to again support the 2014 OIFC / Jolly Mon King Classic as a product sponsor.

OIFC Jolly Mon tournament operator Captain Brant McMullan had this to say about the Jolly Mon King Classic and Balloon Fisher King…..

“The King Mackerel are showing up just as the Jolly Mon is set to take place this coming weekend, setting the stage for a perfect storm fishing event “no pun intended- hopefully”.  As the Kings move over structure in the 50-70’ depth range, they respond well to anchor fishing while chumming as it stimulates competitive feeding amongst the Kings.  Floating live baits under balloons rigged with the Balloon Fisher King is a formula for Kingfishing success anytime, but this weekend it might be the formula to a victory in the Jolly Mon King Classic.”

To find out more or to register for the 2014 OIFC / Jolly Mon King Classic visit OIFC Fishing Tournaments here.

OIFC is also a Balloon Fisher King dealer and carries plenty of Pro Pack 5″ (5 balloon clips + 10 5″ natural latex balloons) inventory which are ideal for kingfishing.

Balloon Fishing for Sharks – Balloon Fisher King Balloon Clips Make It Easy!

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Many shark anglers have recently discovered the convenience and effectiveness of using Balloon Fisher King balloon clips.  Shark anglers often use balloons as floats to suspend bait at different depths in the water column.  Plus versus traditional floats on the market, balloons are relatively cheap, take up little space on a boat, and come in many colors which allows for bait marking.

As effective as they are though, balloons can be a major hassle to attach and remove from fishing line.  It’s that reason that our balloon clips have been very well received by shark anglers.  Balloon Fisher King balloon clips are reusable, attach and remove a balloon to fishing line in seconds, and provide adjustable bait depth control.

Big game shark angler Captain Brian Wazlavek of Delaware Family Fishing Charters in Lewes, DE recently had this to say about Balloon Fisher King.  “We just completed our first two shark trips of the year and landed a thresher shark on both trips.  It was the first time using the clips and I will never fish balloons without using Balloon Fisher King clips.  This is a clip that LIL’ ANGLER II, Lewes, DE, will never leave port without.”

Here is an excellent feature on Balloon Fisher King from a recent “Chum Lines” article in Coastal Fisherman magazine by Capt. Mark Sampson, another big game shark fisherman out of Ocean City, MD.

http://www.coastal-fisherman.com/issues.cfm?issue=706A1892-5056-9F21-09B4FD119C732287&story=7A0928C1-5056-9F21-0936D75E8DE72980

To find out more about Balloon Fisher King click here.  You can visit our Retail Locator to find a Balloon Fisher King dealer near you or the Online Store to purchase Balloon Fisher King products.

White Sea Bass Anglers Introduced to Balloon Fisher King

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Balloon Fisher King was introduced to a large number of White Sea Bass anglers at the recent WONews.com Catalina White Sea Bass Fishing Tournament in Catalina Island.  SoCal anglers often use balloons as a suspension float with live squid as bait when targeting White Sea Bass in and around the kelp beds off Catalina Island.  So WSB anglers understand the benefits of using balloons as an effective live bait float, but also realize the attachment, removal, and bait depth adjustment hassles that can go along with balloon fishing.  Donated Balloon Fisher King Starter Packs were a welcome addition to the tourney captains bags and Pro Packs as raffle prizes were very well received.

Ben Babbit of tourney sponsor WONews said, “many anglers had heard about Balloon Fisher King and were stoked to give it a shot.”  The Balloon Fisher King balloon clip is reusable, can be attached and removed from a fishing line in seconds, and provides precise, adjustable bait depth control.

To find out more details about Balloon Fisher King click here.

Click the link below for results of the 2014 WONews.com Catalina White Sea Bass Tournament.

http://www.wonews.com/t-FeatureArticle_WSBTourneyResults_052114.aspx

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Balloon Fishing Clips by Balloon Fisher King

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Balloon Fisher King makes the original balloon fishing clip.  Our custom balloon clips are made from a polycarbonate material with a stainless steel spring which makes each clip reusable and very durable.  Balloons are quite effective as a live or dead bait suspension float, but can be difficult to attach by tying, rubber bands, swivels or other time consuming methods, and even more challenging to remove, especially when landing a fish!  Balloon Fisher King balloon clips are quick and easy to use and enable the angler to attach and remove a balloon from fishing line in seconds.

Polycarbonate is a non-abrasive material so the balloon clip will not cut or nick the line.  The  stainless steel spring strength maintains a “grip” on the line so the balloon clip will not slide due to wind, chop, or current.  The balloon clip spring also provides the benefit of adjustable bait depth control for the angler so live or dead bait can be suspended under the surface or off bottom structure at the desired, precise depth.  The balloon clips are versatile and are suitable for 20 lb. monofilament and 30 lb. braided line and higher.   (Stay tuned….a “big game” balloon clip for 130 lb. test monofilament and higher is in development and will be coming soon!)

You can purchase Balloon Fisher King balloon clips in Starter Packs, Pro Packs, or Balloon Clip Packs here or visit the Retail Locator to find a dealer near you.  To find out more about Balloon Fisher King, please visit the About Us page.

 

 

Night Fishing With Balloon Fisher King “Night Fisher”

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Balloon Fisher King has announced the introduction of Night Fisher, a first-of-its-kind fishing tackle item for night time balloon fishing.  Night Fisher provides an all-in-one kit which includes Balloon Fisher King balloon clips that attach and remove a balloon to fishing line in just seconds and provide adjustable, precise bait depth control, along with glow sticks and bright colored balloons for improved bait spotting and strike monitoring when fishing at night or during early morning hours.

 

“I worked a large number of trade and consumer shows for the Balloon Fisher King launch over the past year and received a lot of feedback and requests for a night balloon fishing kit”, says Jon Bos, inventor of the Balloon Fisher King balloon clip and marketer of Night Fisher.  “A lot of anglers fish at night when certain species naturally feed more actively, so the bite can significantly improve utilizing live or dead bait suspension at desired depths during night or pre-dawn hours.  Anglers can now add Night Fisher to their arsenal when night fishing for saltwater fish species such as shark, swordfish, tuna, tarpon, striped bass, redfish and snook, along with freshwater species like catfish, largemouth bass or striper and hybrid bass.  There was a situational, niche market that asked for it, so we delivered.”

 

Night Fisher is available in 2 new Pro Pack sizes. The Pro Pack with 11” balloons includes 5 balloon clips, ten (10) 11” balloons and ten (10) 3” glow sticks.  The Pro Pack with 5” balloons includes 5 balloon clips, 10 5” balloons and 10 1.5” glow sticks.  Night Fisher is also available in 11” and 5” Refill Packs which include 10 balloons and 10 glow sticks.  The 5” balloons are recommended for bait size 2 lbs. and under, while the 11” balloons are recommended for bait size 2 lbs. and up.

 

The Balloon Clips can be used for freshwater and saltwater and are rated for a line diameter of 20-lb. monofilament and higher or 30 lb. braided line and higher.  Balloon Fisher King also uses only high quality, 100% natural latex, biodegradable balloons.  “We don’t mess around with cheap, synthetic latex balloons”, stated Jon Bos.  “We only use high quality, biodegradable latex balloons made here in the US.”  Once activated, the glow sticks will last from 6 to 8 hours.  The glow stick tube ingredients are also non-toxic.

Night Fisher items can be purchased thru the Online Store at www.balloonfisherking.com/shop/ or visit the Store Locator at www.balloonfisherking/store-locator/ to find a tackle store or fishing center near you that carries Night Fisher and other Balloon Fisher King products.

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Balloon Fisher King at Miami International Boat Show

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The annual Miami International Boat Show, aka “The Greatest Boat Show in the World”, will be this weekend February 13 – 17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Balloon Fisher King products will be on display and available for purchase thru Miami Boat Show exhibitor Crook & Crook, our newest dealer and a major South Florida fishing tackle and marine supply retail location.

Using balloons as a float for live bait fishing can be deadly for targeting monster saltwater or freshwater predators up and down the water column. However, fishing with balloons can certainly be a hassle. Balloon Fisher King – “The Original Balloon Fishing Clip” – attaches and removes a balloon to the line in seconds and provides bait depth control. Balloon Fisher King also uses 100% natural latex, biodegradable balloons.

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Balloon Fishing For Fresh Water Striper

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We first heard from Captain Joe James back in August.  Joe had seen a Balloon Fisher King ad in The Angler magazine and was intrigued by the convenience of the balloon clip.  Joe knows a thing or two about balloon fishing rigs having used balloons for 40+ years targeting monster fresh water striper and hybrid bass.  He is also a long-time member of the Percy Priest Hybrid and Striper Fishing Club just outside Nashville, TN.  Captain Joe’s credentials include 6 Angler Team of the Year awards and 4 club records.

Joe states that balloon fishing is quite effective for raising big striper and hybrid bass with the inflated balloon serving as a float for suspending 14” to 16” skipjack he uses as live bait, or for drifting the bait away from the cover of the boat.  However, the problem has always been the balloons are attached to the fishing line with a rubber band to ”release” the balloon from the line whenever there is a strike so the angler doesn’t have to fight the balloon when landing the fish.  A lot of times, just a bite will produce the same outcome and sometimes even a burly, live skipjack can cause the balloon to release.  Obviously, this can lead to a lot of lost fishing time chasing down released balloons, which is never a good thing especially when tournament fishing.

Joe says the Balloon Fisher King clip now provides a solution to “efficiently fish with balloons”.

“The clips and balloons are real easy to attach and remove,” Joe stated, “so there is no lost time retrieving balloons.  Plus the clips provide depth adjustment for the bait.  We’ll put three, four, or five balloons out with skipjacks and use the clips as a fish finder setting the baits at different depths.  We mark the bait depth on the balloons, then when we get a strike we know where the fish are so we’ll adjust all the clips to the same bait depth and pass over the same spot again.  If the fish move deeper or shallower in an hour, which they often will, we’ll repeat the process to find them again”.

Joe also likes the grip the balloon clip provides to the 40 lb. braid he uses which allows for slow trolling at ¾ to 1 mile per hour without any concern for balloon clip slippage on the braided line.

Thanks much to Captain Joe James for the fantastic support and spreading the news of Balloon Fisher King!  By the way, Captain Joe landed a 20 lb. striper which was the largest fish caught in a recent tournament and by way of a Balloon Fisher King rig.

Balloon Fisher King at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Big thanks to our friends at Florida Sport Fishing Magazine for representing Balloon Fisher King at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show beginning tomorrow and running thru next Monday.  This is a massive, annual show with a premier, international sportfishing audience.

Florida Sport Fishing will be distributing Balloon Fisher King Starter Packs to new subscribers of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine.  If you will be attending, stop by the Florida Sport Fishing exhibit in the Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.

Balloon Fisher King is the “original” balloon fishing clip and provides a quick and easy way to attach / detach a balloon to any fishing line type, plus provides bait depth control, and uses only 100% natural latex, biodegradeable balloons.