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Old 03-19-2017, 05:37 PM   #1
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I have never run a dredge on my own when Bluewater fishing, but think I am going to give it a try this year. I do not have any downriggers on my boat so I would either tie off a cleat or put on a 50 bent butt.

What recommendations do you guys have on your setup and how do you run your flat lines in relation to a single or double dredge.
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I have been running mine on a downrigger with a 8 lb weight on a center console. Looks awesome but hard to deal with. Went to the Fisherman's Post Salt water fishing school a few weeks ago. One of the captains said he had been using a stretch 30 plug with hooks removed to pull the dredge down when trolling. He said it is easier to deploy and when he is fighting/landing a fish the stretch floats keeping the dredge on top out of prop. Looking forward to trying this.
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sounds effective - do you have any photos of the setup by chance?

fishermans post schools are some great info from those local capts
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Lots of mixed reviews on that diving plug rig. I prefer a weight myself. Run it real short off the corner and the rest of your spread like normal.
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It was me who told you about the stretch. I use a 50 model for dredges and have for about 12 years with no issues, I use a 30 model as a flat line bait with single hooks.

Rig is simple- 24 inches of 400 cable crimped to a stretch 50 then to a large three way swivel, then 36 inches of cable from another loop on the swivel to the dredge, and the last loop is where your handline or downrigger line or however you want to pull the dredge. If you use a strip style dredge or light weight skirt dredge the whole rig will stay out from your motors when you slow down.

Works great for me, but more than one way to get it done!

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It was me who told you about the stretch. I use a 50 model for dredges and have for about 12 years with no issues, I use a 30 model as a flat line bait with single hooks.

Rig is simple- 24 inches of 400 cable crimped to a stretch 50 then to a large three way swivel, then 36 inches of cable from another loop on the swivel to the dredge, and the last loop is where your handline or downrigger line or however you want to pull the dredge. If you use a strip style dredge or light weight skirt dredge the whole rig will stay out from your motors when you slow down.

Works great for me, but more than one way to get it done!

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So you rune the plug in front of the dredge?
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First time I saw it described was George Poveromo
http://georgepoveromo.com/content.php?pid=25

http://www.georgepoveromo.com/content.php?pid=159
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yes sir the plug is running just ahead of the dredge and digs straight down, allowing you to run the dredge very close to the boat at a very sharp angle. I can put it back farther but with it close and below the wash line I can see it and the fish seem to come to it fine. I really just like the fact that it floats when I stop or slow down. let me know if I need to explain further

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What Rick is saying works fine with a strip teaser style dredge but do not go out thinking it will work on a large squid dredge.
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My main worry is just getting it out of the way when the time comes
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That is correct about a big dredge with large squid or big shad bodies, I pull a strip dredge or a featherweight style, the stretch 50 has a pull limit and the fish style weight works better for that. I am also talking meat fish fishing not circle hooking for billfish that is a totally different style of rigging

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