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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj1J2C5xKfU
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Short Youtube video from Florida Sport Fishing magazine on how to use Balloon Fisher King balloon clips.
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!
Thanks to the good folks of the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association/Coastal, we were able to be on hand for a recent meeting at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. There was a great deal of interest in the Balloon Fisher King Starter Kits we donated at the event.
The kits contain our innovative balloon fishing clips, in addition to 10 balloons, which together create a first-of-its-kind balloon fishing setup.
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Mark Patterson of NCKFA using Balloon Fisher King in the King Division of the OIC recently held in Oak Island, NC.