Best downrigger clips

KaiChung

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Which downrigger clips do you guys like? Mine always seems to pop prematurely. The Scotty clips only seem to last about 2 days for me. There's another brand that use that seems to last about 5 times.

Related to that, how do you guys drop your weights without too much scope in the line? A lot of times I seem to have a bunch of scope that I need to reel back in. But then it triggers the downrigger clip prematurely. Also, I get a fair amount of tangles with the lure catching the main line and making a twisted mess.

Thanks so much!
 
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Captain Decent

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I like the ratcheting adjustable rubber Jaw cannons but they take a few adjusents to get them dialed and also you have to know how many clicks and how far into the jaw to set it.

Imo theure the best but they always give new people on my boat trouble
 
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Salmon Hunter

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From the aspect of keeping the line in the clip, I agree with Captain Decent. From the ease of use standpoint, I like the Scotty clips (they have inexpensive replaceable rubber jaws). I have found that clipping into mono or flouro stays in much better than braid.
 
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    From the aspect of keeping the line in the clip, I agree with Captain Decent. From the ease of use standpoint, I like the Scotty clips (they have inexpensive replaceable rubber jaws). I have found that clipping into mono or flouro stays in much better than braid.
    Yeah, I had a lot of trouble with braid 'till I went with 50 ft. or so of mono top-shot, works well with scotty clips. I have used the cannon dial releases for braid but mainly for freshwater.
     
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    Fish_on!

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    Use a top shot of mono if you are running braid. I have no problem with them staying in with Scotty clips and 40lb top shot. You obviously need more tension when letting them out but will need to figure out your premature release problem first.
     
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    tacklejacked

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    Do you slide the tension clip on your Scotty's...mine last year's. Even dragging it in 200-300' fow...
    How do you tangle your lure in the main line? ..is your boat in gear when you set. Trying to figure out what you got going on....do you spread smelly jelly on your fingers then touch your line.
     
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    MA9

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    Re: tangling: drop at a moderate speed. Only way I can see flasher/lure tangling with main line/cable is you are dropping your ball really fast.
    Re: scope: thumb your reel spool for some tension as you lower gear, so you don't have to reel a bunch of slack back.
     
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    KimH

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    I've had a couple or more main line tangles but it's coming with the high speed Scotty 2106's when fishing deep. I'm hard headed and use a knuckle buster which can't keep up the rigger when hauling. If you don't stop the rigger, catch up reeling and then haul again you'll have a chance of snagging the lure/flasher as the main line goes by from sagging back. Fishing deep "for me" is a pain in the ass with a knucklebuster but I'm too hard headed to change.

    For a few years I've been using these for a clip. https://www.bigctackle.com/index.html. They work well but kind of a pain also till you get used to them. A bit awkward to wrap the line on the spindle. I might have to try the Off shore tackle ones as they look easier.
     
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    madrugador

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    I use the aftco roller clips. Not sure how they will work with the lighter line you guys use but they work great down hear in san diego .

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    kwik_wurk

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    Cannon “offshore” clips, the red ones. They have two springs (black ones have one). These hold a ton of pressure, place it 2/3 back.

    Another trick is to score the pads for thin braids.

    Have tried scotty clips, gave them away. Found other brands to be a bit larger and have a little more blowback.

    Tangles, on other lines or the own line…. With other lines, don’t drop while turning, make sure things are straight back. Own line, dropping too fast. —- For keeping the tension in the line; try dropping and using the reel drag. Just put the rod in the holder and loosen the drag as needed to keep a nice bow and tension.
     
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    Nosecrets

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    Joy soap with a paper towel works great on the Scotty clips. Peel the yellow part off and wash them. Use the hard setting, be consistent with top shot (line diameter). The clips get a memory so if you use 30# keep it always 30. I use 50#. If someone uses the clip with 30 afterwards the clip will not hold.
     
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    easydoesit86

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    With the Scotty ones I found after using em for an hour or two they quit holding good. But on the next trip they work good again.
     
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    Elkfins

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    I use the aftco roller clips. Not sure how they will work with the lighter line you guys use but they work great down hear in san diego .

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    These would never work with a rotational flasher behind a downrigger ball. No way to consistently set the distance between the clip and the flasher and on the drop, you'd inevitably pull the flasher into the clip. They are great for topwater trolling to keep the corner lines low however.
     
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