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Old 02-11-2018, 10:13 AM
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Default Striper Trolling with downriggers

Anyone doing it, using a Maja bungie with sucess?
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:29 AM
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Landed and released my biggest striper ever last season at 48lbs. I made my own with a Cannon release clip and 4ft of black 3/8 bungee attached directly to a ball. Much more pleasant trolling spoons than wire line and no special rods reels needed.
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Landed and released my biggest striper ever last season at 48lbs. I made my own with a Cannon release clip and 4ft of black 3/8 bungee attached directly to a ball. Much more pleasant trolling spoons than wire line and no special rods reels needed.
Very cool, what size ball weight were you typically using? Also, were you spooled up with braid with a flouro leader or just mono ?
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Originally Posted by Ray KSUSA3 View Post
Landed and released my biggest striper ever last season at 48lbs. I made my own with a Cannon release clip and 4ft of black 3/8 bungee attached directly to a ball. Much more pleasant trolling spoons than wire line and no special rods reels needed.
Having a hard time visualizing this setup.
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What rod/reel combo would be good for let's say slow trolling live mackerel? I have a couple Penn Fathom-Masters would like to fish w/ this year.
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I use Shimano TLD 15s, 7' CMS boat rods, 60# braid and Penn Fathommasters. Troll 9ers umbrellas will outfish the guys snapping wire. Its a good program if you are mid-day striper fishing.

With the braid I use a roller troller outrigger clip for the release clip.
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Originally Posted by rcdelude View Post
Having a hard time visualizing this setup.
Here's the explanation of the downrigger setup...

http://tonymajaproducts.com/trolling-bungee-system
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Very cool, what size ball weight were you typically using? Also, were you spooled up with braid with a flouro leader or just mono ?
I'm using a 12lb ball because that's what I had. It runs basically straight up and down at 2-3 knots. I use a 7ft Tsunami rod and Fathom 25NLD with 50 braid and 10'-12' of 50-60lbmono leader. These are the same setups I use for live lining bunker, trolling stretches and mojo's, and even chunking school tuna.
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Thanks for the advise Ray and Iguana.

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I know a very successful 6 pack boat in CT that trolls for Stripers with downriggers exclusively. Great way to get spoons down without the clunky wire line gear.
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Originally Posted by Ct Contender View Post
I know a very successful 6 pack boat in CT that trolls for Stripers with downriggers exclusively. Great way to get spoons down without the clunky wire line gear.
I'm definitely going to try this approach. Seems to me the main benefit (besides clunky wire line gear) is a much more accurate depth control just above for where you are marking fish.
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1 other tip - use a beaded swivel where your main line ties into your mono leader. The spoon can narly up the braid real quick from the spin
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Originally Posted by FishNewport View Post
1 other tip - use a beaded swivel where your main line ties into your mono leader. The spoon can narly up the braid real quick from the spin
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Originally Posted by iguana View Post
Troll 9ers umbrellas will outfish the guys snapping wire.
If you don't know how to fish wire . . . maybe this is true. The people I've seen trolling niners through fleets people of vertical jigging were totally clueless I honestly think it's a prerequisite for purchasing a niner rig.

My last experience with someone trolling a niner rig. I had just hooked into a 38lb bass jigging wire. I have 500+ ft of wire out with an electramate in 58ft of water so I can skip along the bottom. The dummy crosses behind my boat as the bass comes up to the surface 500ft back. Waving my arms and screaming the guy is still motoring along clueless until the niner rig hooks my wire. His passenger starts pumping the rod. AIR HORN for 30 seconds the driver looks over and says you've got my line I tell him to hold off for a minute and I tighten down the drag and engage the electramate. Wire goes super tight and his niner rig pops out of the water hooked to wire and the bass splashes the surface 300ft back.
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Originally Posted by iguana View Post
Troll 9ers umbrellas will outfish the guys snapping wire.
Apples and oranges:

Bunker spoons, Mojos, Stretches = when they're feeding on medium/large bunker.

9r's/Umbrellas = when they're on peanuts and/or sandeels.

Depends on the bait thats there and what they're feeding on that day.

Everyone has their comfort level. Spoons when fished right and dialed in are just downright deadly.

Lots of guys complain about wire being difficult to work with, it's not.

50-60' of water, let out 100 yds of wire, 2.8 kts and hold on. The right rods are important but that's how it goes.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Lots of guys complain about wire being difficult to work with, it's not.
No doubt wire line is a productive striper technique. But, my bursitis ridden shoulders have to disagree with you on this point. Hauling in 300 ft of wire against the pressure of a moving boat just doesn't work for me anymore. I'm loving my electric downrigger
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Originally Posted by Ray KSUSA3 View Post
Here's the explanation of the downrigger setup...

http://tonymajaproducts.com/trolling-bungee-system
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Originally Posted by Ray KSUSA3 View Post
No doubt wire line is a productive striper technique. But, my bursitis ridden shoulders have to disagree with you on this point. Hauling in 300 ft of wire against the pressure of a moving boat just doesn't work for me anymore. I'm loving my electric downrigger
Wire can be fun and easy. Put the rod in the holder, Jig and Set the hook with the line in your gloved hand, sit on the rail and engage the electric reel. Retrieves 500' like nothing. You can do it all day. I will be putting a electric downrigger on my boat this year to try with live Macs, mojos and my dredge.
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