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Your email address will not be published. Once the desired depth is reached, lock it into position and set the reel drag. When the fish strikes, the release device does its job, and the angler then plays the fish on the line in a conventional manner. Let the downrigger weight fall slowly at first just in case your line isn’t coming out fast enough you don’t want it to pull it out of the clip, then you will have to reel it back up and re-clip it in. I use a lot of tension when using lures so the rod springs up when I get a strike; with live-baits I use less tension, as I may still want to give the fish some line before striking properly. Downrigger fishing tips and technique. Strike! England. At times when a fish is hooked on the primary rig and the line pulls out of the clip the cheater will slide down the line until it reaches the primary rig’s dodger. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Set up a rod with a lure, perhaps teamed with a dodger, spool the rig out behind the boat, attach your line to a downrigger clip and lower the rig to the desired depth. You attach a small plastic stop to the cable 10 to 15 feet above the ball. Subjects. The first sportfish caught aboard a NZ Fishing News boat using a downrigger was a nice 15kg kingfish, which fell to a Rapala lure trolled 25 metres down. $("#major1").html(" " + data[0].major1 ); $("#major3").html(" " + data[1].major1); Most anglers fish no more than two fishing lines off a single cable, but if you have multiple people on your boat it is possible to use three or more stackers on each downrigger, trolling a line off each of them. This can greatly increase your chances of a wildly successful fishing trip: Walleye migrate through the water, and may be suspended at a specific depth., Recreation and Sports: Fishing dataType: "json", A salmon downrigger rig is usually made up of 3 different pieces: a flasher, leader, and a lure. “ is  a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.”, You want to let out about 50-100 feet of line behind the boat while you are trolling along (. When you are fishing with a downrigger a Good Fish Finder is a must! Now I have bought myself a boat and I have two downriggers. For anglers that won’t be using more than two rods per downrigger there is a nifty device on the market that make stacking a snap. var timezone = jstz.determine(); if (daym<10){ daym="0"+daym;} For trout, you’ll want to run your offering from 50 to 200 feet behind the downrigger weight depending on the depth you are fishing. You can get away with using an 8 pound ball if you will only be downrigging in shallower water and at slower speeds, but I would not go any less than 8 pounds that would be a waste of money in my opinion. If you will be trolling at higher speeds then a heavier downrigger ball will be better because it won’t drift back behind the boat as far and you will still be able to see it in the fish finder. If your primary rig is working at 60 feet the cheater will descend down to about the 30-foot level and stay there. Hi! His Walleye Fishing Secrets course has helped anglers across North America catch more walleye and bigger walleye. The choice of depth depends very much on the target species and circumstances. You can always count on the cheater stopping at the halfway point between the surface and the primary rig. Down-rigging will often attract bites when other techniques fail. Once the first line is down you slip your plastic Shuttle Hawk to the cable, let out your second fishing line and attach it to the clip on the plainer. This article is reproduced with permission of    This is where I share my experiences and the things I learn along the way. Downrigger fishing should be done as close to straight up and down as possible which isn’t easy with all that water pressure. This works really well for big snapper, kingfish and john dory. $('#loadingmessage').show(); // show the loading message. Downriggers are designed to get a bait or lure down to where the fish are, in freshwater or marine situations. The most obvious requirement is for a decent fish-finder. Downriggers should be mounted near or on the stern, with the downrigger’s arm either pointing straight back behind the boat or at 90 degrees to the transom. The deeper you go, the more extreme it becomes. $(function(){ However, downriggers can also be used to great effect from a static boat in high-current areas. But the thrill from cranking in a monster fish is still just the same (or better!). $("#major4").html(" " + data[1].major2); $("#minor1").html(" " + data[0].minor1);

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