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Question on downriggers when trolling motor is bow mounted ?


Question on downriggers when trolling motor is bow mounted ?

Old 09-22-2011, 01:09 PM
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Default Question on downriggers when trolling motor is bow mounted ?

I have a 19' fish & ski, used mainly for fishing but do often take the grandkids out for fun. I mainly fish a very deep water reservoir (Tims Ford Lake - Tn) and want to start targeting striper (they call them rockfish here). Unless they are actively feeding in the right water temps, they are usually found down anywhere from 15' to 60' or deeper, depending on the season obviously.
I want to get a downrigger, never had one before. May make one, but will probably buy one.

Question - downrigger is mounted on the stern of the boat. I have a stern drive so have a big platform I can mount it on.My trolling motor is located on the bow of the boat - be really tough to move it to the stern. Problem I see here is my downrigger would be mounted at the stern and I would be at the bow of the boat operating the trolling motor - also, my spine is totally fused and I can not turn my head at all - so not only would I be a long ways away from the pole, it would be really tough to even watch the pole. I will have to check, but maybe I could move the foot control far enough back so I could be facing the stern, but then I obviously could not see where I was going.....

Can you mount a downrigger on the side of the boat ? I wouldn't be using the engine, so shouldn't have to worry too much about it getting tangled in the prop and if possible, maybe I could even extend it out enough so would not even be a factor.

I know zero about these so was thinking maybe an outrigger, but than I saw where an outrigger is more for surface lures - I need to get down and hold the depth.

Any info, suggestions etc greatly appreciated. Holding off on pulling the trigger until I can figure out how this would work. Be great if I could have 2 downriggers, one mounted on each side of the boat near the bow area......then I could operate the trolling motor and still be able to see and handle the poles.
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you can mount a down rigger anywhere on your boat that you want. The side is fine. If you set the clicker on the reel you will not have to see it to know you have a fish, you'll just hear the clicking noise as it takes off the line.
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I do not know how fast you will be trolling, but a bow mount trolling motor is not usually used when trolling with downriggers. It will certainly work, if it will give you the speed you want, and if the battery (batteries?) will last you long enough.

If you want to troll 2 or 3 mph you will probably end up trolling with the main motor.

I had four riggers mounted on my old boat two for straight back and two for out off the sides.

You could also use dipsy divers in rod holders near the front of the boat.

Good luck
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great, I appreciate all of the information. My trolling motor is 24v so it uses 2 batteries - could be because they are still new, but I have trolled around a whole bunch and never had a problem losing the charge.
Would be much easier for me to use the main motor - more comfortable to , but I just wasn't too sure whether it would "scare" the fish away. I can't see it bothering them when I would be down 40+ feet, but right now for example while they are often still down that deep, they are also coming up to more the 15-20' range. I just wasn't sure how skittish striper are plus there are a lot of smallmouth bass in the lake, hanging out about the same depths.
I obviously know zero about it, but was just thinking the trolling motor might be a better choice noise wise - I do have to admit tho that while my trolling motor does move the boat along ok, it is probably about the least amount of thrust i could use so it is not like I am out there zipping around with it.

Guess I am going to plan on using the main engine if you feel the striper won't be scared away.
Thanks again. I am off to do some more research on downriggers.
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Do you have recessed rod holders? Look for a used one, there are a lot of good deals to be found. Lot of people selling manual ones to go electric.

I just bought a Cannon Unitrol 10 to troll for stripers and salt water fish, it is my first one and have used it only once. It has an attachment to slide it in my rod holder so it is easy to take off the boat if not wanted. Penn makes a good one as well. You can definitely troll for stripers with your main motor, 2 to 3.5 mph with bucktails here.
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skittish fish will just require a longer setback of your fishing line from the ball....the motor at the low speeds you troll at wont be a big bother to fish as far below the surface as youll be trolling with riggers...

the dipsy diver idea is a good one to get the lines down and keep em up front with you and the trolling motor...ive never heard of anyone trolling riggers with an electric but i guess if you can maintain that speed for a good amount of time theres no reason it wouldnt work...
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I have a 20' Glastron F/S with a MinnKota trolling motor, and troll for stripers.
I have a powerdrive with a long cable and can run the trolling motor from the back of the boat. I have enjoyed having electronic over cable control of the trolling motor.
1. You can drive the boat from anywhere and let someone else fish from the bow.
2. You can let someone else run the trolling motor while you put on bait, adjust lines
3. Keep kids entertained, I just tell them it is a game and let them steer. Keeps them from getting bored!
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If you're using the main motor and find it's a tad fast-I have no idea what speed you want for those fish-try throwing out a bucket on a short rope we do that here in BC for Salmon sometime-a quick simple fix.

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