The last few days riding the ocean at Cape Hatteras there have been lots of Spanish Mackerel, silver fish about 18 inches long, sometimes in large schools, and in addition to jumping either randomly or chasing/being chased, they seem to respond to passing kitesurfers by jumping, sometimes head high. I nearly got hit by one yesterday and dodged some more today. Kind of reminded me of the videos of Asian carp jumping in the Mississippi River.
I'd rather fish fly at me than mangy filthy seagulls flying into my lines and kite
Funny! I have had 2 seagull/line hits while on the ocean. But here, in the dead center of the US, I had to abandon thoughts of kiting on a local reservoir because there were 10,000+ seagulls on the lake. I did not have any hope for kiting there, let alone the thoughts of "where is all the gull poop going" when thinking about getting into the water. And why was it only on that one (out of about 8 reservoirs this size) that the seagulls were on?
The pelicans on our other kiteable local lake are not as much of a problem. Ever had a gull hit and pop a leading edge?
I haven't dodged flying fish but they've dodged me many a time while sailing out beyond the reef in Barbados to pick up an incoming wave. While you're stuffing upwind flying fish will sometimes fly right past you, I guess because they think you're a large predator so they take to the air.
I nearly got hit by flying fish a few times at spots on the Canary Islands. You have them frequently on very windy days outside.
(I always hope it was not a shark that made them fly but me or another sailor)
In the Sea of Cortez east of Baja California we get needlefish jumping and ‘trying’ to stab you. Usually the second person through so maybe the first one scares them and they jump? Not really sure of the reason but if they hit you it’s a major problem. The needle nose breaks off in the muscle(or wherever you get hit) and tough to clean well and antibiotics are a must. Had people need hyperbaric oxygen chamber to stop the infection. Used to happen a lot but much less often now. Again, not really sure why.
If there is a school of fish jumping, they are running from some predator, like sharks. You do not want to crash under those circumstances, so I would stay away from schooling fish.
Also, mackerel have some nasty sharp teeth. I've been hit by some small fish, but most of the time I hit them such as some sharks. Last week I hit one that was about 5' long in 2-3' of water. Another rider gave me the fin sign and pointed to where it was but it was too late as I hit him with the edge of my surfboard and with the fins. Fortunately it grazed off of him and did not stop me dead in the water.