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Old 04-27-2006, 01:36 PM
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Okay, so I just bought two cannon sport troll downriggers and have read the instructions but have never seen downriggers in action. Can someone tell me/show me pictures of how taught my rod line should be when attached to the release clip? I will be using them for fresh water striper fishing pulling spoons and jigs. Also, any other tips you have would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:53 PM
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The depth you are fishing and the speed that you are trolling will determine how much pressure is on the rod.

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Normally 20-40 ft at 3mph
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:56 PM
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I was taught to keep a condiderable bend in the rod - thus when the fish hits the lure and pulls it out of the clip the rod will set the hook as it starightens - also when you look at your spread any rod without a big bow in it has been pulled out of the clip.
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Use a fairly long (8 or 9 foot) and soft rod. Drop your line back (I normally drop back 40 to 100 feet for lake trout), attach the line to the release, and lower the ball, letting out line under light pressure as you go. The forward speed of the boat will put a bow in the line. Take as much of this out as possible. Buy releases in light and medium tensions. For stripers, I think that medium tension would work well (Offshore brand). You will know how much tension you can put on the rod by trial and error. You want as much as possible, without getting false releases. When a fish strikes, there is momentary slack in the line. That slack is taken up by two things - forward boat speed and the rod straightening out. That's why you want a long a soft rod with considerable bend. The rod alone will take up three to four feet of slack.

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Ahhh.. That makes sense. I will give this a try.. Thanks for the help
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Here are a few pictures of how bent mine are. I always put a good bow in the rod, helps set the hook and take up the slack. I set mine so they are on the verge of releasing from the clips.



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are downrigger clips sililar to outrigger clips?
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I buy the Off Shore Tackle Company Stacker from Cableas for $9.50, cut the wire and end up with 2 release clips.

I use these clips on my downrigger balls, on my stern cleats for the flatlines, and on my (no leader required) planers.

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