What size downrigger do I need?
Six to eight pounds is typical for most moderate depth freshwater applications and ten pounds is typical for saltwater. (see Weight Table). The amount of weight needed on a downrigger is a function of the speed you are trolling and the depth you are fishing.
What can I use instead of a downrigger?
The secret to trolling without a downrigger is being able to replicate success. That is why I highly recommend a level-wind reel with a built-in line counter. If you don’t have a line counter for your reel, just find a repeatable method to play out line. Another consideration when choosing a reel is spool size.
What are downrigger plugs and pads?
A downrigger is a device used while fishing using the trolling method, which places a lure at the desired depth. A downrigger consists of a three to six-foot horizontal pole which supports a cannonball, generally 10 to 15 pounds, by a steel cable (generally stainless steel or wire).
What is a downrigger used for?
Downriggers are designed for trolling, and they can be used to catch a huge variety of freshwater and saltwater fish. Some of the most popular species to catch include lake trout, steelhead, brown trout, kingfish, chinook, coho, walleye, and striped bass.
How do you know how deep a lure is?
There are two ways you can determine the exact depth/lure/speed relationship of a specific rig. The first is to deploy it to a specific distance, then troll up a gradual shelf or edge until it starts dragging bottom. Note the depth, and try to crank it in before it snags.
What are downriggers used for fishing?
Downriggers use a heavy weight to keep the lure much deeper than would be possible with a conventional sinker. By presenting the bait or lure at the desired depth while trolling, various species of fish are easier to attract and catch. There are a few styles of downriggers to choose from when outfitting your fishing boat.
How does the optimum™ downrigger work?
The Optimum™ downrigger is positively ingenious. This smart, connected system gives you access to critical trolling data and lets you raise, lower and cycle weights using the full-color LCD display, your Humminbird® fish finder, or even your mobile device. No matter where you are on the boat, you’re in charge. And the fish won’t know what hit them.
Are any of your downriggers sold out?
Many of our downriggers are temporarily sold out. If a model is missing the “Add to Cart” button, it is only available through an Authorized Dealer. Learn about the available features and models to select the downrigger that is right for your boat and your type of fishing. Downriggers are designed to keep your bait at a specific depth as you troll.
Where is the downrigger arm on a boat?
The downrigger arm hangs off the side of the boat where a large weight is placed on the downrigger line. Attached to the weight is a downrigger release clip which is where the fishing line from a fishing pole with a lure is attached.