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Fishing Tips & Secrets!Downrigger Fishing Tip
Trolling is the most effective way to catch many species of fish. A moving bait or lure in the water trolled at the depth where fish are present is the best way to ensure a hookup. The use of modern downrigger technology further improves trolling results. A downrigger is a spool of wire/cable mounted on your boat. A heavy weight is hung on the end of the braided downrigger wire. A downrigger release is hooked to the wire and your fishing line is hooked into the release. The downrigger can then be lowered to precisely the fish depth. When a fish hits, your line is released and you fight the fish on your rod and reel free of heavy lines and weights.
Better downriggers are equipped with line depth counters so you know exactly how deep you are fishing. A fish finder and a downrigger are a deadly combination. The fish finder shows you what depth the fish are and the downrigger allows you to fish exactly in front of them.
for salmon and lake trout
on Fort Peck Lake in Montana
By DAN SMITH
The advantage to the downrigger,
with a line release system, is the fisherman can fight the fish -- not
fight the weight required to get down to the fish.
A standard downrigger setup consists of a downrigger
winch system, cable, weight and release. This will allow for one lure on
one rod and reel to be lowered to the desired depth ó the depth to be
determined by bait fish or fish seen on your depth finder. The depth the
ball is lowered to is indicated on the line counter provided with the
downrigger. A second rod, reel and line can be attached by using an
additional release called a stacker. Stackers attach directly to the
downrigger cable and should be placed at least 20 feet above the first
release clip. This allow for full mobility of both lures and avoids
tangling the lines.
The distance the lure is put out behind the weight is
also a daily variable. It can vary from six to 50 feet. This adjustment is
probably the first and most often change made to stimulate a strike.
Often, when there are many boats in a small area, the fish are more prone
to strike a lure trolled at a greater distance behind the weight. The only
time you have to keep this distance short is when you are fishing very
close to, or even touching the bottom, with your weight. A longer lead
behind the ball will cause the flasher to be knocked off the release more
TIP: Netting Fish
Itís in the bag, or is it? Many a nice fish is lost because of anglers not netting the fish properly. When you net a fish, you should always lead the fish into the net headfirst. Because fish donít swim backwards, any movement by the fish should force it deeper into the net. Donít try to scoop the fish up from behind if you want to land the big one.
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