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Old 03-24-2016, 01:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I may buy a manual downrigger to troll up some kokanee this summer. What do I need? What should I look for/stay away from in terms of the riggers, releases, rods, etc.?



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Didn't you read Ewerts blog? Lake Trout anglers are anti kokanee, lol.

Any manual rigger should be fine, I'm spoiled with electrics. I like heavy downrigger weights to keep them away from the motors if mounted forward (mid) some like lighter ones to wash out more if mounted rear. I like scotty releases, rubber snubbers help keep from losing fish.
Rainbow colored Kokanee king is a great lure with or without a flasher. White shoe peg corn doesn't hurt either. We traditionally can ours and love catching and eating.
Careful it can get addicting, lol
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I agree with Redleader. I have scotty electrics and use offshore releases with a rubber snubber for Kokes. Manual riggers work well also, but electrics are nice if you fish alone and you hook up. I had some Cannon downriggers at one time and they worked just fine but they did sit up higher off the gunnels than the scottys.
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Wow the world is ending...GoFindYourOwnDamnFish trolling for forage!...and yes that salmon you made was badass...
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Who the F has hacked into this account?

I've been schooled trawling isn't fishing.....

Anyway, I had a couple manual Cannon doenriggers that served me well. Imo if you plan to troll once in a while, manual is the way to go. If you're wanting to go all out and become a master trawler then electric is going to be the way to go. I was actually looking into downriggers last night for my new fishing desires. Cannon has great reabates right now - $150 mail in on their larger manual downriggers. The rebates are good into June if I remember right.

The cpw is doing a number on us laker fanatics. We're trolling, fishing for forage, resorting to out of state warm water fishing.
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I agree with LONGHORN... I have little to add other than making sure you buy a good swivel mount. They are a must.
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Thanks guys!! An occasional trawling for forage just might be in my future.



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Thanks guys!! An occasional trawling for forage just might be in my future.
to bad you live so far away Don, I have a cannon I would give you, you would need to pick it up
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I agree with LONGHORN... I have little to add other than making sure you buy a good swivel mount. They are a must.
X2 on the swivel mounts. I'm spoiled with Trawling for fast action kings in Ak, if any of you guys ever want to plan a trip up and hop in
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X2 on the swivel mounts. I'm spoiled with Trawling for fast action kings in Ak, if any of you guys ever want to plan a trip up and hop in
I would love to do that, Steve!! That's a wonderful offer and I may just take you up on it.



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