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Old 05-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Down rigger wire or new braided line?

I use 4-5# weights and rarely go deeper then 20 feet. I'm in the market for new cable. It for a hand cranked rig.
The cable I'm now using makes more noise then I like. Would one of the new braided down rigger cables be a improvement? Less prone to kinking? Any advice from other down rigger fishermen?
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There won't be any kinking...it will be easy to tie on...the noise will go away.
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Thanks, I have read good stuff about the new braided line for weights.
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Default Re: Down rigger wire or new braided line?

Interesting question - I too run a hand-cranked downrigger with the original wire and the humming can get a bit annoying at times. I've used various methods to stop it, with the easiest being to attach a rubbed band to the line and then putting a bit of tension on the rubber band (I have a separate short length of fishing line tied to the rubber band that I use to add that tension once the ball is at target depth). I've looked at the braid option but I've not heard much about how that works. If you go with that approach, let us know how it compares to using the wire.
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The question that remains is how long the braid will last.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have used both on my down riggers.
While braid is much quieter, wire has far more abrasion resistance and has held up better than braid.

With braid, one sharp edge will leave your down rigger weight on the bottom of the lake.

Then again, I have not run braided in several years, not sure if they have improved it.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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fouls right wire will take more of the bottom. so if you can keep it off the bottom out of debris down there you should be good on braid.
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The only bad thing it wears really fast.
I went back to cable after losing a couple of down rigger balls
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With manual down riggers you can get by with braid but I wouldn't try it with electric.
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I have used both on my down riggers.
While braid is much quieter, wire has far more abrasion resistance and has held up better than braid.

With braid, one sharp edge will leave your down rigger weight on the bottom of the lake.

Then again, I have not run braided in several years, not sure if they have improved it.
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