Joe Hector’s first experience with Balloon Fisher King products was an eye-opening one. The kayak angler, who had never used a balloon fishing rig, was impressed with how easy the Balloon Fishing Clip was to use and how little time it took for rigging. More than anything, however, he’s now convinced that balloon fishing does away with a hassle plaguing live bait anglers chasing fish at or near the surface.
“People forget that you have a free line out … that the baitfish is really not on the top,” says Hector, a Pompano, Fla., angler and co-founder of ExtremeKayak.com. “It’s like having a 3-pound weight on the line. There’s not many ways to keep him up.”
Balloon fishing has long been a popular option for anglers who need to keep live or cut bait off the bottom or at a desired depth. Attach a swivel here, a clip there, another clip over here, add a few beads, and you had your balloon rig. It worked, but it wasn’t easy or much fun to set up and fish. And each time a strike caused the balloon to burst, the set up had to begin anew.
Simple. Easy. Effective.
With the Balloon Fishing Clip, set up and fishing with balloons is a breeze. You simply insert fishing line into the Balloon Fishing Clip’s line cavity, then insert an inflated.
That’s it. Simply bait and fish.
The clip, suitable for both freshwater and saltwater, takes all of the worry and hassle out of balloon fishing.
Small Change, Big Difference
Hector and his contingent are a brave lot, typically fishing miles from shore, where they encounter everything from giant kings and wahoo to sharks, swordfish, sailfish, tuna and mahi-mahi. While he’d never used balloon rigs before, he immediately saw their potential.
One of the biggest issues, he says, in chasing pelagics, is the fish are often active near, but not necessarily on, the surface, meaning the bait being used should ideally stay close to the surface as well. But baitfish being baitfish, when fished from a free line, will attempt to get away from the the surface, swimming down and away from predatory activity.
With the balloon fishing setup offered by Balloon Fisher King, that problem is a thing of the past. It works just as well for cut bait.
“Anytime you can simulate [keeping the baitfish near the surface], you’ll have success,” says Hector. “That’s a huge advantage.”
The Balloon Fishing Clip is available as part of the company’s Pro Packs and Starter Kits, both of which also contains balloons. For a complete listing of the company’s products, visit the website.