Re: How to fish multiple rods on a downrigger
Most of my experience with downriggers is fishing for Kokanee. First, the distance between the line at the ball and the stacked one will vary on how far apart you want to spread your offerings. For example, I had three rods two on one and one on the other. The single rod was fished at 30 feet. The two that were stacked were at 20 and 40 feet. I was trying to cover the water column. As close as I feel comfortable stacking the lines is 10 feet.
I like to have less distance from the clip on the bottom line and more on the stacked line. My thinking is that more distance on the lower line will increase the chance of a tangle with the stacked line if the bottom rod gets hits. When the bottom rod gets hit I try to steer the fish away from the stacked line. I also like to have the stacked line, which will be closer to the boat, farther back.
I generally donít bring both rods in unless it is a big fish. Often by keeping the other rod in the water it will get hit. When you have to rebait your bottom rod you donít need to pull the stacked line from the clip. Instead raise the cable until you can release the stacking clip from the cable with the fishing line still in the clip. After the bottom line is set simply reattach the stacking unit back to the cable.
Most of the time I have found that it is not necessary to let 50 to 100 feet of line out if your boat is grounded well and the natural electrolysis is between 0.5 and 0.7 VDC. If it is more or less than this I would let out 50 feet of line. I have a black box so this is not an issue. The time I do let out about 50 feet of line is when I fish less than 20 feet below the boat. Then I figure the boat will scare the fish so I like some distance between the boat and the lure.
I would not attach the clip to the end of flashers. When you load your rod when the line is in the clip it will pull the flashers up at an angle. If you want to avoid the flashers attach them to the ball. If you then put your clip about 1.5 feet above the ball it will not tangle with the fishing line when lowered slowly. Run the lure about 2 feet behind the flashers. The other option is to use a 0000 dodger inline with the lure. This still generates flash but has mush less resistance.
For Kokanee, the clips I like are the ones made by Vanceís tackle. They are yellow and have a reddish pad. I think Seps makes a similar one. I believe you can find these at Fred Meyer or Walmart.
[ 07-09-2003, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: FallRiverGuy ]
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