In this article, we’ll go over what downriggers are, why you should use them, and some tips for finding the best ones for your boat.
Downriggers are one of the most important tools for salmon fishing. So, if you’re thinking about trying fishing, or you’re an experienced fisherman needing to upgrade your equipment, you’re probably going to be looking at downriggers.
For those who are new to salmon fishing, you’re probably wondering what a downrigger is. A downrigger is a device that places your lure at a specific depth (ideally where the fish are located).
It’s a three to six-foot rod that hangs over the side of your boat, with a cannonball and steel cable attached to it. To get your lure to the desired depth, simply clip it to the cannonball and lower it to the depth you want. When you get a bite the clip is released, allowing you to reel the fish in.
Downriggers are designed to be used while trolling, which is performed by slowly drawing the line through the water behind your boat at very low speeds. Many fishermen choose to use two downriggers (one on each side of the boat) to increase their chances of getting a bite.
The short answer is yes, if you want to consistently catch salmon a downrigger is a must-have.
Salmon generally stay where the baitfish are. This is what’s known as the strike zone. If your lure is just a little above or below that area the fish won’t pay any attention to it. A downrigger is the only way to know for sure that your lure is exactly where it needs to be.
Downriggers come in many different varieties, and the one you choose will depend on your needs. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider:
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