Balloon as a Fishing Tool
Balloons have been used sporadically as fishing tools for some time, with the sphere usually riding directly on the water surface. An old trick for catching walleye was to attach a balloon on a long, fine line to the first one caught, and then release it to rejoin its school. By following the balloon, many more walleye could be landed. The whole practice comes off as very easy compared to the cumbersome practice of deep-water sturgeon spearing.
Balloon Fishing in Australia
Ballooning achieved new heights with addition of helium gas. This approach has reached a sophisticated level on forty-to one-hundred-foot volcanic cliffs of Quobba Station in Western Australia. There the desert meets the ocean at dangerous rocky precipices, and large game fish cruise just offshore.
Following the lead of a creative Australia Meteorological Bureau employee presumably familiar with weather balloons, anglers now carry helium gas tanks to the fill large toy balloons to carry their offerings far out over the waves on the strength of Easter lies that prevail at certain times of the year.
The fishing is dangerous; someone is lost every year or two, and others are swept away but make it back. But the incentives are strong; A day’s catch may consists of several Bluefin tuna, cobia, tambaqui, and a local wahoo-like species, among others.
Helium Balloons for Fishing
Bait or lures may be fished with helium balloons. To present either properly, a seventy-five-yard length of line tied to the balloon is attached to a six-foot leader in front of the offering. Because of the possibility of truly large sharks, cobia,tuna, and even billfish, heavy tackle with up to almost a thousand yards of line is used.
Fish may have to be dragged over ledges below before they are in a position to be gaffed. Anglers use sectional pole gaffs as long as thirty-five feet or “cliff gaffs” and the height allows the angler to witness many savage strikes.
Fishing with breath-filled balloons is practiced creatively elsewhere. On one U.S lake, the idea is to use the balloon get the rig way out, and then have the terminal tackle drop to the bottom.
To accomplish this, anglers attach balloons to the main line using Life savers candies, which eventually dissolve, freeing the line descend. But if you try this, choose your candies carefully; mint-flavored Lifesavers do not last as long as the hard candies in the assorted pack.