How Do You Set Up A Downrigger?

Where should downriggers be mounted?

Anywhere between the gunwale mounted rod holders will be fine. If you place them not too far forward of rod holder #2, you can put the rod (or one rod) in rod holder #2 while it is clipped onto the downrigger. You should never have to bend and lean to reach a downrigger.

How much line should be behind a downrigger?

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. The deeper you fish the shorter your line can be. When kokanee and kings are the target you can shorten your lines considerably.

How many lines can you run off a downrigger?

Active Member. If you can run two downriggers with one line each and do it smoothly, then you should have no problem running 2 lines off each one Set up your first lines as you normally would. drop them 20′ and clip on your next line.

Are downriggers worth it?

Downriggers are an efficient way to put live bait and lures in precise zones of the water column , and all anglers know that being in the right depth leads to more fish in the box. Downriggers are consistently used to target king mackerel, amberjack, cobia, grouper, among others.

How much weight do I need on my downrigger?

Six to eight pounds is typical for most moderate depth freshwater applications and ten pounds is typical for saltwater (see Weight Table). The amount of weight needed on a downrigger is a function of the speed you are trolling and the depth you are fishing.

How fast can you troll with a downrigger?

Most people troll at 1.5 to 3.5 mph How do you know if you are at the right speed? Sure, you can look at your GPS speed over ground readings, but you see your downrigger lines are almost straight at 2 mph.

Can you use a spinning reel with a downrigger?

Spinning reels tend to twist your line when used for a trolling reel. Which is why a person uses a quality ball bearing swivel. And Yes spinning gear is fine and the baitrunner feature makes using it on the downrigger very easy.

What does a downrigger snubber do?

Place between your downrigger terminal end and your weight. The scotty trolling snubber absorbs shock, provides electrical insulation and helps prevent snags Easy to grip with wet hands and allows for a simple and quick connection to your downrigger weight.

How fast do you troll for chinook salmon?

Two mph is a good trolling speed for coho salmon, but a speed of 1.5 mph is a better speed for chinook salmon, and you will be fishing even deeper at the lower velocity.

What is a good speed to troll for salmon?

Trolling Speed for Salmon Anywhere from 1.8 to 3 mph is the best. But I have heard as high as 4 mph on the Great Lakes. Speed replication to me is what is the most important. When you find that speed that catches a fish, try to replicate that as best as possible.

Do you need downriggers to troll?

The secret to trolling without a downrigger is being able to replicate success That is why I highly recommend a level-wind reel with a built-in line counter. If you don’t have a line counter for your reel, just find a repeatable method to play out line. Another consideration when choosing a reel is spool size.

Are manual downriggers good?

Manual downriggers use a hand crank to retrieve cable. While they’ll give you forearms like Popeye if you’re trolling deep, they can be a great choice if you regularly troll above 75 feet.

Are downrigger mounts Universal?

The DR universal downrigger mounting base is drilled and tapped to accept a wide variety of downriggers such as Scotty, Big Jon, Walker, Cannon and others.

What is a downrigger rod?

A downrigger allows you to fish a lure or bait at a specific depth accurately behind a trolling boat A downrigger contains a rod holder for storing your downrigger rod when it is actively fishing. The cannonball weight is deployed to the selected depth and allows the lure or bait to run at a specific depth.

What size trolling motor do I need?

Boat weight is the most important consideration to take into account when choosing a trolling motor. A beginning rule of thumb is that you want a minimum of 2 lbs of thrust for every 100lbs For example, if you have a 3000lb boat, fully loaded, then the calculation is (3000/100) * 2 = 60lbs of thrust.

How deep can you fish a downrigger?

A downrigger weight of eight pounds is adequate for fishing depths up to about 50 feet and speeds approaching 2.5 MPH. A 10 pound weight will be required for fishing depths in the 50 to 75 foot depths. When faced with depths ranging from 75 to 100 feet, a 12 or 14 pound downrigger weight is needed.

Do it downrigger molds?

The 3452 Do-It DRB-1-15 downrigger weight mold is a precision engineered 2-piece mold designed to give you a straight running ball You will need your bench vise to stabilize the mold as well as heavier casting equipment.

Sources

https://www.sportfishingbc.com/forum/index.php?threads/running-two-lines-off-scotty-elec-downriggers.40119/
https://www.fishing411.net/single-post/downrigger-basics-and-beyond
https://usangler.com/how-to-use-a-downrigger/

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