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LastBassActionHero
03-18-2011, 08:29 AM
I just recently purchased an abu ambassador 4600 kokanee and it has a clicker on it. Is it better to troll with the clicker on in free spool? or should i keep my reel locked up with a loose drag with the clicker on?

Koke Machine83
03-18-2011, 09:20 AM
I always keep mine in gear and leave the drag loose. You can always tighten it up as you go. If you hang into a large fish in free spool, you just might find your self in a birds nest. I have been trolling this method for large trout in Lake Camanche!!! Good Luck

Robbie (Koke Machine)...

AnglingWes
03-18-2011, 09:24 AM
If you hang into a large fish in free spool, you just might find your self in a birds nest.

+1. I wouldn't rely on the clicker to keep the spool from backlashing when the line starts peeling off.

h2oz
03-18-2011, 09:24 AM
I just recently purchased an abu ambassador 4600 kokanee and it has a clicker on it. Is it better to troll with the clicker on in free spool? or should i keep my reel locked up with a loose drag with the clicker on?

I do this when I am trolling surface, and it seems to work fine for me. But when I'm down the cable the pull from the line going down to the release causes a rhythmic click due to loading stress, and water drag.

But my reels are fairly cheap (Daiwa's and Okuma's), and I've wondered if that may be the reason (poor clickers). I've not been very happy with the Accudepth's. The gears have a lot of play. The Okuma's seem to be pretty tight, and much better made, but they still click when down the wire in freespool.

h2oz
03-18-2011, 09:31 AM
...and it seems to work fine for me...


http://www.fishsniffer.com/images/styles/TimeTraveler/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by Koke Machine83 http://www.fishsniffer.com/images/styles/TimeTraveler/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://www.fishsniffer.com/f21/trolling-free-spool-clicker-88636/#post811786)
If you hang into a large fish in free spool, you just might find your self in a birds nest.






Another reason why it works fine for me... I never seem to have that problem! The "large fish" part. Sounds like I have a lesson to learn in my future, (I hope).

Jetspray
03-18-2011, 10:07 AM
I use the loose drag method, even with downriggers you never know whe you are gonna hit a snag and have it run away. Quick on the draw is what you are gonna be. Clickers to me are just bells and whistles to make noise. You need to keep an eye on your rod tip most of the time anyway.......Jetspray

BassJack
03-18-2011, 10:21 AM
I normally troll with the drag loose and the clicker on like others mentioned on this thread.

The only time I leave the reel in free-spool with the clicker on is when Iím trolling bait really slow with my electric motor. Iím talking about toplining 1.3 mph or less trolling nightcrawlers, power bait, or live minnows with no dodgers or other hardware. Iíll let them run for a while before setting the hook. Sometimes I use inline circle hooks when I want to prevent gut-hooking fish so I can catch and release the throwbacks.

This was the main method we used to use at Lake Amador back when they used to plant cutbows and rainbows. The Donaldson Trout have kind of changed the game out there as far as tactics.

Barleycorn
03-18-2011, 01:22 PM
Loose drag for me too and the only time I'll free spool is if I'm flylining. I dont use the clicker myself, but that's me.

LastBassActionHero
03-19-2011, 06:44 AM
alright great info guys. thanks for the help. Any recommendations on a trolling rod im trolling with my bass rod and i think its a little too stiff.

Fishbucket
03-19-2011, 07:52 AM
Shakespere Agility rods. they make a light version ( ACA6070-2UL) 2-8 lb line, that is perfect for kokanee and trout.

Koke Machine83
03-19-2011, 11:06 AM
Good choice in a rod. I have two of the Agility rods and two of the Okuma rods. I got mine from Bass Pro...

Okuma Celilo Kokanee Downrigger Rod (http://www.basspro.com/Okuma-Celilo-Kokanee-Downrigger-Rod/product/10206709/-1554492)

I also believe they have the SST rods by Okuma

Robbie (Koke Machine)...

tbruski
03-20-2011, 08:23 AM
I go with clicker on, loose drag. Here is a pic of my setup. Abu/Garcia koke special 4600c, Lamiglass Kokanee Downrigger and Shakespeare line counter.
http://img861.imageshack.us/img861/4016/kokanee20special20001.jpg (http://img861.imageshack.us/i/kokanee20special20001.jpg/)
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Bruski

LastBassActionHero
03-20-2011, 09:24 AM
very nice i was wondering if coyote bait and tackle had that rod i dont think they do, but i know there annual sale is coming. maybe i'll just have to work some more overtime to get that rod. tbruski is that a one piece rod?

tbruski
03-20-2011, 10:07 AM
The rod is two piece. Got it @ Fisherman's Warehouse. 69.99.
Products > Rods > Lamiglas :: Fisherman's Warehouse Online (http://www.fishermanswarehouse.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_list&c=497)
Bruski

playnhooky
03-20-2011, 06:53 PM
I would only get a glass rod. You can see the hits so much better and the soft bendiness helps when the fish jump by picking up the slack. Kokanee sticks are sweet but my favorite is the "classic glass" by fenwick if you can find them.