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Old 05-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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I have recently found a good deal on a used downrigger but have never fished one before. Rather than having to learn by lengthy trial and error does anyone have any advice for depth, speed, troubleshooting, etc?
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All depends on what you're fishing for and where. I'm typically pulling some skirts and will set mine around 35-50 ft. and run somewhere between 6-8 knots.
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Learned a cool trick, instead of using a pressure clip that typically gets broken by the downrigger weight. Get some medium sized snap swivels and rubber bands. When you let your line back 50 ft or so tie the rubber band onto the line and then run the rubber band through the swivel end of the snap swivel. Hook the snap swivel onto the cable\line to your rigger ball, already running at depth, and as you spool out line the snap swivel will travel down to the ball. When you get a hit it breaks the rubber band and away you go. If it breaks free and you do not need to retrieve the ball you can just hook on another one and keep running without having to retrieve the ball every time you set out a line.
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Have used the swivel trick also. Only way to go
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There's 2 different ways to run downrigger. You can use a planer for plugs and other artificials when doing anything over an idol. The balls are only for drifting/slowtrolling live bait. I typically use rubber bands also, clips break easy and it can be hard to set the rite pressure with the cheap ones. I only use live baits when I'm king fishing and set a naked bait at 30' and a skirt at 15' unless I'm deep. Or I also like using stretch 25's and large spoons with planers are good for bull reds off the beach.
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Could you tie downrigger ball to cleat and use it like that if you have no down rigger.Just pay it out by hand ????
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the best thing would be to get a trolling lead or rubber band a 6-8oz weight directly to the line, will lose a weight when you get a strike but worth it for a nice fish. Also a lot of people just tie a planer directly to a cleat with 200-300 mono and drop clips or snap swivels like in a previous post.
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