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#10918904 - 06/15/15 04:53 PM Downrigger Question
brock77 Offline
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Registered: 04/05/15
Posts: 2
Im out in Arizona and I'm about to start trolling on a very popular striper lake. I have a poor man downrigger that my buddy out in texas taught me. Its a heddon hellbender modified to put a trailer and weight on it. I was wondering what where some popular trailers to use? I know the popular bait out here is frozen anchovies on live bait hooks. WHat are some of the artificial baits you guys use? Im trying them out next weekend on fathers day with all of my cousins and family so I'm hoping to have some backup plans if the anchovies aren't hitting

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#10918978 - 06/15/15 05:37 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
Capt Craig Offline
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I use a Cannon downrigger, but I prefer a chrome Pet #16 or #17 size.
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#10918996 - 06/15/15 05:55 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
J-Rods Guide Service Offline
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Loc: Corsicana TX.
I also use Cannon down riggers but Rapala DD22 also work well for trolling in deep water.
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#10919018 - 06/15/15 06:06 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
BlueTuna Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
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Loc: Rockwall, TX
I use Cannon Downriggers checkout Moe's Flutter Spoon.
https://moestackleshop.com
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#10919033 - 06/15/15 06:14 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
Zip-ur-Fly Offline
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Loc: Lake Tawakoni
+1 on the Pet spoon.
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#10919067 - 06/15/15 06:32 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
BADLANDER Offline
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Registered: 08/05/13
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Loc: DENTON TX
Tie I big [censored] Alabama rig on !!!!
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#10919436 - 06/15/15 09:24 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: BADLANDER]
scott123456789 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 406
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: Lewisvillan
Tie I big [censored] Alabama rig on !!!!



Had some success pulling a 3 rig Bama rig behind a hell bender for sandbass

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#10919442 - 06/15/15 09:26 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: Zip-ur-Fly]
FishKiller Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Tyler
Originally Posted By: Zip-ur-Fly
+1 on the Pet spoon.


++2 on Pet spoon. Best trolling addition to a line there is, bar none! Only bait I have ever used that make fish bite!

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#10919455 - 06/15/15 09:30 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: J-Rods Guide Service]
FishKiller Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Tyler
Originally Posted By: J-Rods Guide Service
I also use Cannon down riggers but Rapala DD22 also work well for trolling in deep water.


Use a three way swivel, D22 at the bottom tied 12" to 16" from the bottom and a pet spoon tied 8" off the middle and the main line at top. Run it a varying line out to adjust for depth and you can easily adjust your depth from 12 to 30ft! This is a killer combination!

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#10919708 - 06/16/15 01:30 AM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
brock77 Offline
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Registered: 04/05/15
Posts: 2
Thank you guys for all the advice. ill have to grab a couple of those pet spoons seems to be popular on the internet. And i have a couple dd22 that ill try. has anyone ever tried a swim bait or a spinner bait on a down rigger because bass wishing i have accidentally caught stripers on those two.
Also to the alabama rig, unfortunately they are against the law here at least thats how i interpreted the law in the fishing book for arizona

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#10920271 - 06/16/15 10:47 AM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
jbobo Offline
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Registered: 02/26/13
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Loc: springtown,tx.
I think you can order some ronrigs from nekidtackle.com and only have one jig or bait in the center and have willow or colorado blades on the other arms and be legal if it is the multiple hook issue. You will have the baitfish look with only one hook that way. May miss some fish but with the jig in the center further back than the blades the fish usually strike the lagger in the school first. Check out ron's tackle. It is built to stand up to years of fishing. Much better than store bought brands. And inexpensive also.
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#10921151 - 06/16/15 04:40 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: FishKiller]
Brocephus Offline
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Registered: 07/31/13
Posts: 270
Loc: Plano, Texas
Originally Posted By: FishKiller
Originally Posted By: J-Rods Guide Service
I also use Cannon down riggers but Rapala DD22 also work well for trolling in deep water.


Use a three way swivel, D22 at the bottom tied 12" to 16" from the bottom and a pet spoon tied 8" off the middle and the main line at top. Run it a varying line out to adjust for depth and you can easily adjust your depth from 12 to 30ft! This is a killer combination!


I must try this...


+++3 on the Hell-pet. I like to use the black / white striped hell-bender because the fish will hit it thinking its a baby white bass. I have caught nice hybrids on this and I've never had one hit the silver or white hell bender. When I try to tie on something other than the pet spoon, such as an Alabama rig, the bait wont stay down and keeps popping up.
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#10921203 - 06/16/15 04:58 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
SaltyDawg88 Offline
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Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 1849
Loc: Bartlett,Texas
I have even had good success with trolling with a big weight (2-6oz) and a leader tied to 3 way swivel.. then use a 3-4" gub or even a double jig rig.
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#10921996 - 06/16/15 10:58 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
BlueTuna Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 1364
Loc: Rockwall, TX
Academy sells the jet diver which does the same thing as a hellbenders but better. You can purchase jet divers for different depths and tie a spoon off of the back of the jet diver. The jet diver is color coded for different depths.
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#10924521 - 06/17/15 10:02 PM Re: Downrigger Question [Re: brock77]
psycho0819 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 1434
Loc: Kaufman
Fishseeker divers are about the best I've found for diving baits deep while trolling. They are depth adjustable, and don't stress the rod nearly as much as the jet diver or hellbenders do. Only drawback with them is, you have to run about a 3' leader and go less that 3.5-4mph or they'll tip over.

I'm gonna try the three way swivel and D22 though. I could see that being very productive at times.
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