How heavy should my downrigger ball be?
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.
How big is a downrigger ball?
For trolling at faster speeds, go to 10 or even 12 lb balls. With electric downriggers, ball size doesn’t matter but cranking 10 and 12 lb balls all day on a manual downrigger can be a real workout.
What size downrigger do I need?
1. Small boats (15 feet and under) are generally better off with a small compact downrigger with an arm length of 20 to 24 inches. 2. Large boats (22 feet and up) are generally better off with longer arm downriggers with booms reaching from 30 inches to 48 inches or more.
How fast do you troll for chinook salmon?
As you change trolling speed, the depth of your lure or bait changes. Two mph is a good trolling speed for coho salmon, but a speed of 1.5 mph is a better speed for chinook salmon, and you will be fishing even deeper at the lower velocity.
What is blowback in downrigger fishing?
Blowback is the angle or horizontal distance between your downrigger weight and your downrigger. It is created by the resistance of the water to the downrigger weight and line as you pull it through the water behind your boat.
Can you troll without a downrigger?
Getting your lure to the depth of the fish is best done with the aid of a downrigger. Manual downriggers can be purchased for less than $100, but you can troll successfully without them. With kokanee at shallower depths in the spring and early summer, downriggers are less important.
Do it downrigger molds?
The 3452 Do-It DRB-1-15 downrigger weight mold is a precision engineered 2-piece mold designed to give you a straight running ball. You will need your bench vise to stabilize the mold as well as heavier casting equipment.