When two kites are used simultaneously, split-shot sinkers can be crimped to the outside corners to keep them from tangling.|
The first release clip (the one closest to the boat) has a large enough hole to slide over the smaller swivel, so it can be reeled in with the line, while the second, larger swivel keeps it from sliding down the line when deployed. The release clip closest to the kite has a smaller hole and is held in place by the first swivel. If you don't want to deal with swivels, a company called DuBro makes a release clip that simply snaps onto the kite line wherever you want to put it. Lots of captains are switching to this clip because it lets you alter the spacing of your baits to match the conditions, and you eliminate the use of swivels entirely. Conventional wisdom has the clips spaced about 60 feet apart. That's open to individual interpretation, of course, but 60 feet seems to be close enough to keep the baits relatively near one another, yet far enough apart to keep them from tangling. Long leaders (ten feet plus) are the norm, and most people place a marker of some sort where the leader and double line meet so they can tell how deep the bait is. Fluorescent surveyor's tape and small orange floats work well as markers, and be sure to use a quality ball-bearing snap swivel between the leader and double line, because the baits swim in circles lots of times, which can turn your line into a twisted mess in no time.