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The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby Downrigger Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:20 pm

The ten rules of downrigging! Hope these are helpful:

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1. make sure your drag is working properly
Ours has a drag system in case you snag the bottom
it’s a 5 minute job to remove and scrub salt off the surfaces

2. change your steel cable to braid
No hum
No corrosion
Less salt
Lower drag

3. keep terminal gear to a minimum
Anything you add will cause blowback
Dragging through the water
No springs, we used to use them

4. consider rubber bands
Low drag
Quick to do
Provide shock absorption
Livebaits sometimes not easy to get

5. keep the boat moving forward
or highly oxygenated livebaits will swim around cable

6. if bottom is rough, only set weight halfway down
If sand or mud, okay to go deeper or even drag
Fish have no trouble rising fast to strike a bait passing overhead

7 don’t go too fast
Small yellowtail are deadly but will spin at 2.5 knots
Click in and out of gear going downwind, or even drift
Turn upwind to drop off speed

8 don’t set your drag too high
Lot of blokes don’t agree but I’ve seen too many bust offs
Kings go harder, the harder you go
Heavy drag is for shallow water only

9 keep a livebait ready to go and cast way back when the first one is tiring and near the boat
Only when plenty crew, of course

10 don’t get paranoid about winding up the weight fast
Let someone else do it if enough crew aboard
Totally focus on the hooked fish
Most are lost in the first ten seconds
Or the last ten seconds through gaff or netting mixups, or hard runs under the boat

Send an e or call if you have any questions and thanks for listening, Andrew


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Re: The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby Barcrusher11 Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:57 pm

Good info thanks


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Re: The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby Jamie_fisho Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:25 am

What's the go with change of wire to braid? And where can I get the braid?


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Re: The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby Downrigger Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:08 am

What's the go with change of wire to braid? And where can I get the braid?
There's several downsides to braided wire:
1. hum. Not so bad in a fibreglass boat;
2. corrosion;
3. extra drag. I'm using 80 pound braid on my downriggers now, much smaller diameter than wire;
4. just a personal observation - wire brings up and deposits more salt on the spool, especially on horizontal spool downriggers. An electric Scotty we used on Susie M way back when used to be caked in salt by the end of the day.

You can get 80-200 pound braid pretty much anywhere, including ourselves. I reckon the swap is a good call. Cheers, A


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Re: The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby TIM Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:16 am

Should you run a mono backing like On a reel when changing to braid


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Re: The Ten Rules Of Downrigging

Postby Downrigger Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:17 pm

Not necessary in my opinion Tim. Cheers, Andy


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