Best downrigger clips

madrugador

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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.
    That's what I wasn't sure about .I use them on my down rigger here for thresher fishing but its a whole different game .
     
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    Elkfins

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    That's what I wasn't sure about .I use them on my down rigger here for thresher fishing but its a whole different game .
    I'm curious... tell me more about your setup for thresher fishing. Up here we pretty much only use downriggers for salmon fishing but I've often wondered if there was a practical application for albacore or other species.
     
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    Tish

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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.
    The pro release is the one I prefer as well. I find this is the only one I've tried that works really well with braid. The only downside I've found is that the braid eventually wears small grooves into the bobbin after enough hours of use with 40lb power pro, seems like they could make the bobbin out of brass or something to avoid this.
     
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    Swede

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    The key points are use mono in clip. If your Scotty clips yellow ends are bad. You can buy replacements at Sportco. Remember to click the clip into the heavy mode. No problems Friday in Westport. 300ft on cable, 8ft tide swing
     

    EJ Swanny

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    The key points are use mono in clip. If your Scotty clips yellow ends are bad. You can buy replacements at Sportco. Remember to click the clip into the heavy mode. No problems Friday in Westport. 300ft on cable, 8ft tide swing
    Yep, run 40-50' of 30lb mono topshot. If it gets chaffed at the end cut it off. Mono acts as a small shock absorber, as well as a good clip point. If it starts to slip, replace the clip cushions or wipe them down as they may have "oily scent" or sunscreen, or any type of oil you may have on your fingers/hand (like chicken wings).

    No fuss on tension screws, you can adjust the tension by placing them forward or rear of the clip line.... they are everywhere, so when you get very familiar with them you can buy them at any fishing place. It's a great option between simplicity/functionality/price. IMO
     
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    seimdog

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    I run the Cannons with my braid. They are totally adjustable and there is a slight learning curve. Fishing shallower 2 clicks, deep 3 or 4.
    I bought a couple of Pro Release but have not needed them yet even fishing at 300 feet with a flasher.
     
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    koopa

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    To me the downrigger release clip is an important part. A clip that releases to easy will keep you constantly bringing in your weight to reattach. A clip that’s release is to stiff can lead to lost fish or you having to break the clip yourself. IMO the standard Scotty clip is the easiest to operate and easiest to adjust to your desired release strength by moving your line further back or forward within the clamp. I have tried some of the others but those always end up as spares. Using medal line as some come rigged will only cut your hands. Even though the Scotty come properly rigged I often extend them to 24/36” with new 150/200 pound test line.

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    Wild Bill

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    Standard yellow padded scotty clips for the win! From trolling 500’ in the ocean for Kings to soft mouthed Sox in Baker Lk the same clip works flawlessly. About my only bitch is I wish they would do away with the light setting to keep from accidentally sending one down doomed for premature release. Even up at Baker, on the heavy position, placing line half the distance in as for saltwater King fishing is perfect. No light setting needed.
     
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    bdrlgion

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    Standard yellow padded scotty clips for the win! From trolling 500’ in the ocean for Kings to soft mouthed Sox in Baker Lk the same clip works flawlessly. About my only bitch is I wish they would do away with the light setting to keep from accidentally sending one down doomed for premature release. Even up at Baker, on the heavy position, placing line half the distance in as for saltwater King fishing is perfect. No light setting needed.
    I got so frustrated with this that I tied a tightly cinched knot with some heavy line through the clip so it can't revert to the light setting. Seems to work fine.
     
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    Wild Bill

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    I got so frustrated with this that I tied a tightly cinched knot with some heavy line through the clip so it can't revert to the light setting. Seems to work fine.
    I have also threatened to super glue in heavy position but so far I have not followed through.
     
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    madrugador

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    I'm curious... tell me more about your setup for thresher fishing. Up here we pretty much only use downriggers for salmon fishing but I've often wondered if there was a practical application for albacore or other species.
    We are using tiara 50 wides with 80 -100# . Large jigs with a big mackerel on it with 600# wire leader . I'm using a 12lb ball with the roller clip I mentioned above. I redue the cable on the clip to extend it about 2' . Fish them from 75' to 150' pending bait we are metering . Largest we have caught is 500# . I will also use the same set up trolling for bluefin tuna just no jig only mackerel. I don't like the pinch clip due to chaffing in the line . The roller clips work well for me
     
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