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Old 06-28-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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I've gone deep dropping twice in the last couple of weeks and I'm hooked. I want to get a couple of rods and reels but I'm not sure about the best way to go. I used a Tanacom Bull the first time and a Precision reel the second time. The Bull was great but I'm not sure I can stomach the cost for two of them. What is the best way to get a couple of good setups without spending a ton of money? I've done some reasearch and found Fish-Winch reels that are $299 w/o the reel but I don't know if they have the power/speed to get fish+5lbs of lead up from 1000ft? There are a lot of Japanese companies that make the reels but I'm unsure about the quality and replacemnet parts? Also I have a Raymarine C120 and I know to get serious about deep dropping I'll have to up grade my transducer, any ideas? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:50 PM   #2
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Ben I've got two of the Fish-Winch's. They have plenty of power but I have never fished with any other electric's so I can't compare speed's. Fish winch also has twice as long of a warranty as the others. I bought the two I have in December and have never had any trouble with them. I have used them for deep droppping 2 or 3 times but they are used mostly by my father and other people that can't handle the all day reeling of bottom fishing in 200'-300'. I have no complaints about my two. They work fine.
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I know what you mean about it being addictive. I've been a few times myself, and done it manually (gets old quick, even with a fast reel) and just yesterday bought my first setup (TB 1000 with a bent butt). But way before I did that, I upgraded my transducer. I now have a Airmar B164 1000 watt with the tilted element (flush mounts with bottom of my boat) and the difference is night and day from my old 600 watt xducer. I can hold bottom at 32 mph up to about 600 ft, and if I slow down read it at 100o ft. Mind you, this is paired into the garmin GSD22 sounder and a 3210 chartplotter which apparently aren't the best as far as fishfinders go. If you have the same B164 with a furuno sounder, supposedly the results are even better, but I am more than satisfied. I can see everything I need to see.

Bobby (xshark on this forum and the GCFC did the install for me and did a beautiful clean job. I didn't feel comfortable drilling a 3 3/4" hole by myself in the bottom of my boat. If you get serious about it, pm him and he will get you set up.
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FenderBender I have the same xducer and your right about drilling the hole. I installed it myself and about half way through the hole cutting process I got to thinking about what I was doing and felt like crying. It turned out fine but next time someone else will do it for me. Just don't feel right. That's a big ole hole!
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Yeah, holes below the waterline are scary. Especially ones you can stick a grapefruit through. That's what professionals are for!
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