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Old 07-21-2014, 07:07 PM
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Question Downrigger Help!

So I just bought my Bluewater 2550 the guy told me this (see picture) is a downrigger fixture. The bottom toothed thing springs back and I understand I need the pole portion. How do I interface the two? Do you guys recognize this and know what I need? The help would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:19 PM
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Penn Fathommaster swivel mount base, The DR slides onto the rectangular base and a knob on the DR screws into the hole you see there.
They are excellent downriggers and swivel mount bases.
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What is the swivel mount base for?
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Originally Posted by CAP1 View Post
Penn Fathommaster swivel mount base, The DR slides onto the rectangular base and a knob on the DR screws into the hole you see there.
They are excellent downriggers and swivel mount bases.
BTW thank you for the help. Just bought one. Any idea what size weight to troll with? I'm guessing 8 lbs?
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What is the swivel mount base for?
it is so the downrigger arm can be straight behind the boat or swung to the side of the boat for a wider spread if 4 riggers are used you have a good spacing or more important swiveled in to the boat and rigged them swung out at deployed into the water
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The DR slides on your base. (top )
Lower yellow knob fits in the hole & tighten down.
The bottom is the swivels base.
Your missing the completed ( bottom ) upper part of the DR in your picture. ...... ICM
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Looks like previous owner kept or sold the DR.
Left the swivel base & mounting plate on the boat because it was screwed in.
Bottom picture is the complete DR set up with a gimbal mount, that slide in a rod hold ( no drilling needed ) ...... ICM
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Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post


The DR slides on your base. (top )
Lower yellow knob fits in the hole & tighten down.
The bottom is the swivels base.
Your missing the completed ( bottom ) upper part of the DR in your picture. ...... ICM
HUGE Help. Thank you very much for the info! You know your stuff. I'm hoping downriggers are helpful in Tuna fishing? And solve my issue. I Hope to have 5 poles in. (I'm pretty new to this) Two Roller tips on the back, Two Outrigger poles and One Downrigger pole. Last time I went out I kept getting my lines tangled up! And I only trolled with 4 poles!
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Forget the weight and get a planer. An "Old Salty" number 12 or 16 would be good.



Rig it like this

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Is that something you can attach a "flasher" to? Or would you not recommend that for Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish etc.?
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I don't know what flasher you are referring to (I don't think I'd put anything on the downrigger line or planer), but you can use this method to troll with just about anything.
The beauty of this, is that there is less "blowback" than a ball, and you don't have to raise it up to re-rig.
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ICM is spot on.

Downriggers are better than planers for trolling at slower speeds.
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What is "Blowback"? And ICM? I thought you put the planer on the Downrigger? I'm confused...
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
I don't know what flasher you are referring to (I don't think I'd put anything on the downrigger line or planer), but you can use this method to troll with just about anything.
The beauty of this, is that there is less "blowback" than a ball, and you don't have to raise it up to re-rig.
I noticed in a lot of "downrigger" depictions online they tie a Flasher to the Weight to add a sort of light attraction for the fish.

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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Forget the weight and get a planer. An "Old Salty" number 12 or 16 would be good.



Rig it like this

BTW I ordered a #12. Lol maybe I'm getting too order happy but I want this downrigger setup to be right!
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What are you going to be fishing for? Down riggers and planers both work well but very different targets and techniques with each.
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Connog, where are you fishing? From the looks of your pic with the dodger and lure (and flashers), it appears that maybe you are fishing the Great Lakes. If so, you won't see many Old Salty planers up there.
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Originally Posted by connog View Post
What is "Blowback"? And ICM? I thought you put the planer on the Downrigger? I'm confused...
The planer goes on the downrigger in place of the ball.

A ball will increase blowback (which decreases depth also) with more speed than a planer will.

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Basic DR use:
1) Slow trolling live bait, using DR weighted 10# ball ( 2 posted in bottom picture ).
2) Higher speeds pulling dead bait / lure using a Hi-Speed Planer.
3) Higher speed pulling a Dredge or Squid Daisy chain for Sailfish.
4) Bottom fishing, lower chum bag to excite fish into feeding.

Blowback happens when you troll a DR ball too far back or too fast.
Boat speed & too much DR line out will raise the DR ball = Blowback.
Lifting your live bait out of the strike zone.
You want the live bait just above predators or same depth as bait ball.

Not sure I would use flasher for Tuna.

Hope this helps. ...... ICM
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You can always troll more lines without tangles if your crew is experienced & have enough rod holders.
Outriggers can handle more one line each.
Add a Teaser (no hook) or Squid chain (hooks & bait) to middle eye of each outriggers.

You can pull planers from rear cleats on your boat using 300# mono.
Instead of using your DR.
Expect to lose a few planers to cut offs, if Wahoos are around.
T-top or rocket launcher behind the seat are usefull for pulling a WWB line.


Hope this helps. ...... ICM
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