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Downrigger question

Old 05-07-2019, 09:30 AM
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I read through some older threads and am planning on buying a downrigger to pull a dredge from my Jupiter here in SE Florida. It sounds like people are generally using a pulley setup with 400lb mono on their downrigger. My question is can I also use the downrigger for it's more typical purpose (actually using it as a downrigger) with 400lb mono or is that going to cause too much blowback?

Assuming that it will, does anyone have a solution? Maybe put braid on with a topshot of mono clipped on somehow that can be taken off?
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:14 PM
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Braid definitely reduces blow back , 150 braid should do you well and hold anything .
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Kaimana View Post
Maybe put braid on with a topshot of mono
Exactly. Get Doug at Blue Action Tackle to make you a 400# wind on leader to your desired length and use it just like a top shot / wind-on leader on a reel.
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Thanks for the feedback guys
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:45 AM
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Wind-on is a potential solution. I would definitely hesitate to run straight braid for the dredge. Had a bigeye tuna pull a spreader bar into my dredge with braid and break off before we had a chance to get to either the rod or downrigger. I have since switched entirely to 400 lb mono. We may still have broken off, but I think we would have had a much better shot with that fish since mono to mono is more forgiving than braid to mono when both are tight. But a wind-on a with a loop to loop connection is a good compromise to allow for traditional downrigger use as needed.
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