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Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Oct 14th, 2017 at 8:13am
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Hi guys, I'm looking at getting a small boat to expand my fishing areas and was just wondering if a down rigger is essential for trolling? Also, can they be fitted to any boat? Probably looking at a small aluminum boat Smiley
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #1 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 8:18am
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I put a cheap one on my boat a few years back for trout, turned out to be a bloody hassel.  Ended up just using the lead lines which work well, just don't get the good fight on the steel cable
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #2 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 3:22pm
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pain in the bum...even on reasonable sized boat. we trol with 6lb nylon and tassie devils,adjust motor speed till your rod tips bounce with lure action then keep that speed,that puts lure in top 3-5mtrs of water,you can go to larger/heavier lure to go down to 8mtrs or as said above use lead line....my setup is an old short rod and a large fly/salmon reel...but to be honest havent used it for 3-4 seasons as lakes that are weedy make anything too deep just a pain as they keep fowling weed.
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #3 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 5:53pm
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Wow thanks guys, I thought that they were essential but it's great to know that there are other options. Just one less piece of equipment to worry about now Smiley
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #4 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 7:17pm
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Micky Duck wrote on Oct 14th, 2017 at 3:22pm:
.. we trol with 6lb nylon and tassie devils,adjust motor speed till your rod tips bounce with lure action then keep that speed,that puts lure in top 3-5mtrs of water,....


That's more like harling than trolling.

The advantage of downriggers is tight control of depth and much faster resetting of gear than leadline. Even with 25 colours and a heavy shooting head, you can't realistically get down deeper than 30m short of no boat speed, and it takes a good 10mins to haul then reset, usually 15 by the time you've shagged round after the retrieve.

I do two private tournaments  each year and only one of those allows downriggers. I'm more used to leadline but can appreciate to advantages of downrigging especially the decent fight you get.

Either technique will catch fish and there are pros and cons of each. I actually prefer jigging, particularly the lack of motor noise..
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #5 - Oct 16th, 2017 at 8:46pm
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Hi Alex,  I put one on my 18'6" boat and have not used it for a few years now. Just like a couple of the other guys, now I run trolling lines with varying lengths of leadline - 1,3 and 5 colours so we can cover the water column. Always run the one colour closest to the bank, three out the other side and a deep one in the middle. Avoid sharp turns otherwise you'll have a glorious hour or two needing to be spent untangleing them!!... Speaking from experience on the Kingston warf until after dark with ##$@%!! headlights on!

Also I use flyline backing instead of mono from the reel to the leadline - then about 10 meters of mono to the lure. Seems to work really well on the southern lakes.

Cheers and tight lines.
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #6 - Oct 17th, 2017 at 3:07pm
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Can't thank you all enough for your advice and help everyone. much appreciated and very helpful for a newbie. Can't wait to get out there now!
  
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Re: Is a down rigger essential for trolling?
Reply #7 - Oct 20th, 2017 at 6:57am
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I have them, they have good and bad points,
If you don't need to be down below 15 m or so, I will use slip weights or torpedo's. not common in NZ, but I buy them in Canada, and bring them to NZ, 3-5 Oz slip weight them M above the lure, spoon work great and get you down 7-10m. With a light line,
  
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