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Old 02-28-2011, 01:41 PM
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When trolling with a cat and a downrigger how far out do you extend the boom to clear the engine? I'm setting up my boat for trolling and I am questioning the distance from the downrigger to the prop. Do you move the downrigger further up the boat or still leave it near the transom? Just wondering what otheirs do?
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:56 PM
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We have the downrigger (2' boom) on a gimbal mount in the stern-most rodholder. The downrigger line (200lb spectra) blows back at ~ 45 degrees at our 5-7 kt trolling speed, which is well behind the prop.

FWIW, I still get nervous when we turn the boat toward the other side and the downrigger line comes across the wake behind the engines. No problems yet...
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:11 PM
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On my 22' TV the DR is placed in the rod holder with swivel mount, short boom pointing out ( not back ) when bait fishing - indicated in red .....

When pulling a dredge I use the blue setup - still point out ....
Hope this helps ......... ICM
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We have a twin engine cat as well. I use 5ft booms oriented to the side and the aft rod holders. The 5ft keeps the line away from the motors when traversing across a strong current, and the aft position allows for sharper turns.
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Far back and out to one side as feasible.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:50 AM
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Do ya'll tie a line near the end of the boom to take some of the lateral load or rely on the gimbal to hold the downrigger off the side of the boat when trolling?
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Originally Posted by kgreggfl View Post
Do ya'll tie a line near the end of the boom to take some of the lateral load or rely on the gimbal to hold the downrigger off the side of the boat when trolling?
No I don't. I'm using a shorten boom & not pulling lager than a #6 Planer with the DR.
Planers over #6 get tied to 100' of 300# mono carried on a yo yo & get tied off on a cleat. ..........ICM
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I recently switched to a #24 Old Salty planer on the downrigger... Its still an experiment in progress. The #24 pulls almost as deep as a Zwing (~2:1 angle), but with a lot less load stress on the downrigger mount and 2' boom. The smaller blade of the planer (compared to the Zwing) reduces the load stresses. I have a couple smaller planers I can try off the side.

ICM-What angle do you get with the #6 Old Salty? Does the small planer blow back alot? What is your trolling speed with the #6? TIA
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Originally Posted by kgreggfl View Post

ICM-What angle do you get with the #6 Old Salty? Does the small planer blow back alot? What is your trolling speed with the #6? TIA
Not sure of the angle, just know to keeps to it out & away from props.
Speed from 4 to 6 knots...... ICM
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