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Downriggers

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We use them on the eastern end a lot but there are times we are in 60-80 ft or more.

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We use them trolling Rapalas in thirty foot of water with the rigger set at twenty and one hundred foot of line out.


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We do when they go deep 50+ ft. Snap weights & segmented leadcores until then.

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I bottom bounce in 45 ft in to 25 ft water depths.I use dipsies and Gibbs weight with 7 colors of Leadcore to get down 50 ft.Only use downriggers when in 70 ft + water depths,usually balls 10 ft off bottom and 50 ft lead with spoons.Then run two inline boards off each side ,two 7 color Leadcore and two dipsies.

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We use riggers deep later in the year. We always need to be cautious & check lines often, or may end up dragging around a small one all day.

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Use Chamberlain releases and you won't be dragging them around all day.

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I agree chamberlains work best.

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Black's are the releases of my choice.

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Black's are the releases of my choice.

Blacks are half a Chamberlain, just saying!!

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 7:42 AM, mostlymuskies said:

I'm cheap I use rubber bands

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What size rubber bands MM ??

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Just ordered some from amazon thanks mostlymuskies !!!

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I use my downriggers in onida lake fishing for walleye in 15ft of water, I use stick baits that only dive 5 ft so I put the downrigger at 7 ft to get 12ft and I usally catch my limit. I also use blacks releases. 

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Most guys run two or three riggers! I run two & $20 for a release that is bulletproof is cheap. Chamberlains are the best IMO & I can find better ways to save $20 

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We've had good luck using riggers to fish dipsey divers deeper than 50 fow or so.  Set the smaller diver on a 2 or 3 so they swing off to the side and below the ball and cable.  We've set as many as three divers off a single rigger before with no problems.  Never had much luck fishing a bait at the same depth as the ball is running without running extremely long leads and at that point you'd better be using rubber bands or you'll drag fish forever. 

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Has anyone use the small Scotty downriggers that fit in the Scotty rod holders. If so was wondering if they are worth it. 

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On 5/15/2017 at 7:59 PM, Dmd113 said:

Most guys run two or three riggers! I run two & $20 for a release that is bulletproof is cheap. Chamberlains are the best IMO & I can find better ways to save $20 

That's pretty good advice, dad! Saves money!

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On 5/12/2017 at 2:54 PM, Shari Joy said:

Chamberlains have my vote

Mine too Shari!

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