Opinions on trolling depth with downriggers

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  1. riverboy460

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    I know in florida charter boats use downriggers. I have 2 on my boat i brought with me that i use for salmon fishing the pacific northwest. Anyone ever tried them for tuna fishing here. Think its a big benifit for all the fish marking at 150 and deeper or even 80 ft column. I dont see why it would not work. New techniques they are not used to usually triggers a bite. Here is a pic of my boat.
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    It would work slow trolling a large live bait.Would be hard to get enough speed for jigs with cables in the water.IMHO
     
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    No problem with dragging baits with cable in the water. Its no differentthen trolling topside u just have a 10 lb weight minimum holding the line down with a release clip. Its like flying the kite but with bait under water






     
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    I have electric riggers on my boat for salmon fishing.Average troll speed for tunas is about 7 kts.That's a little fast to be dragging balls in the salt in my opinion.
    Slow trolling live bait is different is slower and easier to get your bait in the zone.
    At 7 kts theres going to be a lot of blow back.
     
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    I hear ya on the angle. However thats also why we carry heavier weights. I also have 15lb balls in my boat. Where i fish in washington i have currents that are like no other amd it wpuld be equivalent i am very fluent on fishing downriggers and i know they use them to fish tuna in florida because my charter i went on in key West used them.
    I may try them. I bet you the fiaj would even eat some of my salmon gear. Coho killers are excellent trolling jigs.
     
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    I thought you wanted opinions but I guess you've got it all figured out.
    Good luck
     
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    He has a good chance. With braid on your riggers, he may be able to do it. I dragged 20Lbs up to 3-5knts. I'm curious, post up your results. Nice boat.
     
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    Did you manage to get your gear down to 150'
     
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    I'd try dragging a larger rigged up market squid at 100' at 2-3knts if you are looking for a new angle. Not likely to stay down there though.
     
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    Havent gone out yet just picked up my license hooks and some colt snipers and a taddy jig.

    Have a family wedding sun heading to catalina Sat prob.
     
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    I've caught bluefin using downriggers. Same as salmon but way, way, way back...100+yds. Large mackerel. 2 maybe 3knts otherwise you risk spinning the live bait.

    I use 20lbs and braid for salmon. 50-300'. No difference but the bait, rod/reel and way,way way back.

    Problem is, you got to troll were the fish are cause your going slow. Usually troll plugs/rapalas to find bait and marks. Drop back and down your live bait and troll away.

    Any more questions?
     
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    Yes. That's why I used 20Lb cannon balls with anchor rode swivels! Actually I was dragging a lot deeper than 150'.
     
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    That's not necessary. The standard Scotty coastlocks or goldstar snubbers work just fine with 20lbs. Been running it for years.
     
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    true, but if you have them no need to invest any further.
     

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