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switch to mono or braid on my downrigger?

Old 01-01-2018, 02:29 PM
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I fished all fall and the late summer with no hits on my downrigger.I had no problems catching fish on my outriggers, planers and deep diving yozuris......I even had the downrigger bait at the same depth with my other baits and still no luck......I still have the factory steel cable on the spool, which is extremely loud on the troll. Should I switch to mono or braid to quiet the noise ? If so what lb test?..... Thanks
Old 01-01-2018, 03:54 PM
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Years ago I pulled off the steel cable on my downriggers and went with 80# dacron braid with a 60# mono top shot of 100 feet. They are older Cannon Uni-trolls with plastic spools so I used the braid to lessen the chance of the mono causing the spool to crack. I like the mono in the water compared to the cable. Whether or not I catch more fish with mono is anybody's guess.

60# mono works for me, but others will probably say that is too light.
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I switched to braid a few years ago cause I could not stand the noise from the wire the braid was quieter but did not hold up for me so I went back to wire.
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I found wire very noisy, and mine had deteriorated and started curling up. Switched to 80lb braid, because we were away remote and it was all I had. I towed 10lb balls with it no trouble, no noise, and caught good fish. It had a lot of wear, so I have just changed to depth marked cheap ebay 200lb braid. But I can hear it singing a little--no fish yet, but conditions have been crap for it anyway.
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Originally Posted by cuffs View Post
....with a 60# mono top shot of 100 feet.
How deep are you running these and what size weight? I can't imagine it's not bouncing like a yo-yo....

I've never had a problem with wire other than some galvanic issues... Just make sure you're using the right crimps. I use an 18" rubber snubber on the terminal end and that takes care of any noise issues. I'm also running coated wire on one down rigger which also helps. What speeds are you all running? I've only ever had any noise at all under 3 knots.

I just got a deal on 200# Power Pro downrigger line and I am going to give that a shot just to see if the line cuts through the water any better.
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I switched to braid long time ago and never looked back. No noise, no worries about it cutting fish off, at least as bad as with wire, no worries about kinks, no worries about it springing off the spool when tension if off, easier to cut when I hang a ball in the rocks. I'm running 200lb fins braid and 12-15lb cannon balls, have 2 seasons on it now, that's 150ish trips a season dragging it trough kelp and bouncing rocks.
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I find braid advantageous to wire.
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Some believe the "humming" of SS cable attracts fish. Because it does not kink or rust, most find braid the best choice. Most use 200# braid if using 15# balls. I use 150, but use a rubber snubber between the ball & braid - lot's easier on the hands.

For not catching fish on the DR's I think perhaps your lure is too close to the release clip. I always use 20-30ft minimum & up to 50 ft when running a plug or other lure with a swimming action.

FYI I am Salmon fishing at 2-3 mph speed.

Galvonic reaction between a lead ball & SS wire COULD repel fish; more distance between lure & release clip will help this.
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I love mono on the downriggers but that being said 200lb braid is the hot thing. I mainly would use them for kingfishing though probably a lot of advantages to faster trolling
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Get rid of the downrigger altogether. Splice two loops into your main line and put brass clips on each end of your salty planer and clip it directly to the loops in the main line in the set position. When you hook up it will release and as it approaches the rod tip just unclip it and the loops will wind onto the reel. A lot less clutter in your cockpit. Works perfectly !!!!

Put a different color thread on your main line every 60 yards. Your salty planer is always half the distance to your thread markings because it will troll at a 45 degree angle. You can now adjust your bait to the depth you want by knowing where you are on the colored thread. You can also now stack your planers by deploying a couple and they won't tangle. You always turn toward the deepest planer. Spray paint them flat black and hang on!
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Braid all the way if you are actually fishing a ball down. I actually pull dredges from mine in which case it’s 300-400 lb mono since they are a winch to get a surface dredge in and out. Mono is more forgiving in this case. I find the cable whine really annoying
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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
Get rid of the downrigger altogether. Splice two loops into your main line and put brass clips on each end of your salty planer and clip it directly to the loops in the main line in the set position. When you hook up it will release and as it approaches the rod tip just unclip it and the loops will wind onto the reel. A lot less clutter in your cockpit. Works perfectly !!!!

Put a different color thread on your main line every 60 yards. Your salty planer is always half the distance to your thread markings because it will troll at a 45 degree angle. You can now adjust your bait to the depth you want by knowing where you are on the colored thread. You can also now stack your planers by deploying a couple and they won't tangle. You always turn toward the deepest planer. Spray paint them flat black and hang on!


Tunee.... is there a name for this type of planer set up? I'd like to find a video of it on U-tube.
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Originally Posted by ManBearPig View Post
Tunee.... is there a name for this type of planer set up? I'd like to find a video of it on U-tube.
This is a typical planer rod set-up that most of us run out of MHC, NC for Wahoo. Check out the TackleRoom on here in the commercial section. They sell these setups and probably have a video as well. Good luck!

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