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Old 02-15-2017, 06:46 AM   #1
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I have been playing with the idea of picking up a downrigger to use trolling for stripers for some time now, so I just recently picked up a cannon uni troll 10 stx-ts spooled up with cable. I plan on beefing up the backing plates on my rod holders and using it in a gimbal mount. I have read on here that the cable can "hum" unlike heavy braid. Assuming I'm mostly going to be fishing at depths around 50-60 feet and trolling slow speeds (2-3 mph) does anyone think that I should switch out the cable for braid? Also will a 6-8 pound ball be good enough to get down or should I go heavier? Totally new to downriggers so I appreciate any input!
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I have the same down rigger. I did not like the humming noise. I added 200 pd braid to end of cable, no need to swap it out. Also I use 10 pd fish shape weight because offshore I go deeper and it helps with blowback. Donated 2 of them to bottom last season !! Def works for me with stripers
Last 3 feet I add 60 pd mono to weight so you can grab it and place on boat without cutting your hand. Have video catching stripers off it on YouTube
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I've used downriggers for several years now while trolling for rockfish. Mine were spooled with cable when I purchased them used. I'm glad I inspected the cable because the cables were both rusted and pulled apart very easily. I switched to heavy planer line that I purchased at Gander Mountain. I run a ten pound weight. No issues at all. They definitely work! Good luck!
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Ive been using cable on downriggers for well over a decade in the great lakes. The hum is benneficial for the salmon and trout we targeted. You can also add a 12" snubber at the end of the line to silence the hum.

You will brobably want at least 10lb weights to be happy with the blow back. 12-15 if you ever intend to go beyond 3kts.
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thanks for the feedback guys! does anyone have any issues with using the gimbal mounts?
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I hand made mounts out of stainless steel that slide into my gunnel Rod holders and lock into the gimbal just like a fishing rod would. I bolted the downrigger to it. That way I can move it where I want or just remove it and stow it when not in use.

Or you can just buy the components.
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I use the gimbal mounts with 6 lb balls for king mackerel, no issues.
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thanks for the feedback guys! does anyone have any issues with using the gimbal mounts?
I have not, but know those who have. Even with 30* mounts. They seemed to work just fine.

I've been thinking about doing the same thing since I am re-doing the teak on my taft rail. I can stow them away for security and keep the rail clear when not using them.
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