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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Now you need to get a Shasta Tackle Shuttlehawk. Then PM Tortuga about how to use it. When we had manuals we used the shuttlehawk. That way you don't have to crank up the downrigger every time you get a fish. Faster way to get the line back in the water & save your arm from too much handcranking!!!
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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Right in front of the dam and most of the time we fished the deepest part. If you see them on the graph then drop your weight to them and hold on, use lots of stank and white Seps kokanee candy. That was our best bet with a uv slingblade made by shasta tackle.

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    Wink Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Good job BTC. I was there on Sat 10 till 4 for only 1 trout. Fished 2 top & 1 lead-core at 4-5 colors. Just finished making my own custom bracket at our machine shop for the DR and it seems like it's time to put it to use. If you were at 50' with the rigger, how deep was the water you were in??? Also, what can you tell me about using a stacker on the cable in case I want to put 2 poles down deep. I've been told 1 on the ball & another 10-15' up. Anyone disagree with that?? Which stacker clips work best. I bought a Scotty's light size for trout, but the guy seemed to think I should get a heavier one. Downrigger is going in this Sat weather permitting or the following.

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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Last time we were out at Folsom ..We limited out at 50 feet deep (kings) with a setback of no more than 15 feet.

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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Do some Google searches on "electric charge + downrigger" and other, relevent terms and you'll find lots of information on this topic, including how to insulate your ball, etc. If your ball is insulated from your cable you will minimize any issues. You can measure the voltage of your rig with a digital multimeter capable of measuring low voltages to see if you're in an undesirable range as-is. Personally, my concern was more along the lines of not wanting to repel fish as opposed wanting to attract them.

    Here a couple sites that I found:

    http://www.romppais.com/Catalog/BLAC...TECHNOLOGY.pdf

    http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure...electric.phtml

    I'm a rank beginner but I insulated my ball from the cable with a loop of Dacron cord and was able to determine that I was in an OK range with my multimeter.
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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    SteelyDon, Nice boat, I think you'll enjoy the DR for torught fishing. Forget the Black box until you decide to try fishing for larger fish that are down deep. remember that there is no light for the fish to see in the deep water, so they use their other senses. Check out any commercial fishing boat and you'll find a black box type of device, they have been using them for many years. Anyway, I understand about taking steps, and taking your time. Enjoy the fishing and don't let it become work.

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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Thanks for the info Hotdog & Mr. Flinstone. I checked out th black box site and will be a tough sell to get me using one of them. I'm usually a rebel when it comes to new technology for the few years. Don't know how that will really work or I'm just choosing not to understand it yet. 2 years ago I got a 16' Lund WC-16 wilderness series alum boat that I built a console for and have been buying stuff since then and would like to chill for a while. This year is the 1st season with the DR so we'll see how it goes.. What kind of suprises are at 20' HD??? I was using lead core at 4-5 colors and have been catching all off top for 3 weeks.. Nailed 1 big bass trolling the Cabelas brand Kastmaster though.
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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Went out to Folsom this morning, started out with repalas, back about 100', down on the DR from 5 - 15', cruising around 3 MPH, hooked up 1 16 inch trout. Then tried "heavy" flashers with a Night Crawler worm @ 5-10' down on the DR, caught one more. They tore the worms up, but only ended getting the 2 fish. This would be a good place to try your DR, because of the manual part. I mostly fish for Makinaw and run on the bottom, which requires constantly changing the depth. Most Mackinaw fishermen say that a manual is good for the lakes, as you will eventually rip it off and throw it in the lake, providing iron and minirals for the lake. The bad part is explaining to the wife why you have to buy two electric downriggers to replace the manual ones that you just got.
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    Cool Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Hot Dogger, you are correct about the braided line, I should have mentioned that. the black box is only used on the stainless steel lines and only really needed when you get below about 80 feet of clear water. It also depends on what you are fishing for, as most larger fish are sensitive to the voltage created by the downriggers. Another one to watch out for is the cannon electric models that don't have the charging box on them, as they will scare larger fish, like Makinaws, away for about 1/4 mile . The cannon puts a positive charge on the DR line to know when the ball has come out of the water, good for sales, but bad for fishing. See about the "Black Box" at http://www.protroll.com/products/black-box/ He also sells the lures with the e-chip, which I am not convinced they catch anything but fishermen.
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    Re: Downrigger Fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelyDon View Post
    Went to Folsom last Sat. and got 3 topling with grubs, so never broke it out.
    I didn't get a ??? "black box" and don't know what you mean. I got a manual Cannon HS easy troll 2' per crank with 150' cable. Don't know if that's enough but hope to be able to target fish at 80-120. Come summer I move to the higher lakes above 5000' anyway.
    You should have busted it out and ran some stuff down at 20', you'd probably have gotten a nice surprise.
    I don't have a black box so someone else could explain it better but its purpose is to control the electric charge that is transmitted by your DR cable. I run 150' of 130# braid as a top shot over my cable which greatly lessens the "cable growl" in an aluminum hull. I don't think braided line has the charge issue either.

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