So, you’re sittin’ back watching the waves with downriggers out your boat, you must be fishing for lake trout or something right?
Yes it’s true more and more people are using down riggers of all things to fish for and catch more Walleye.
In spots like Lake Erie where the water runs deep, this can be an utterly devastating stealth tactic to use to bring in more fish.
Walleye fishing means trolling for most anglers, and these items can be very effective in increasing the number of Walleye you catch.
Downriggers include several different components and must be properly set up to work effectively and efficiently. If you’re new to using them to walleye fish, you may be wondering how to set one up the right way, so more fish are caught during the fishing trip.
A downrigger uses technology to improve the results of trolling. A spool of wire is mounted on your boat, and this is the downrigger wire. A weight, which can vary in size depending on the location, the situation, and the angler, is attached to the wire, and then the release is attached to the wire as well, underneath the weight.
A release is attached to the wire, and this is what your fishing line hooks into.
The downrigger allows anglers to control the depth very precisely, so the bait can be offered at the ideal depth when the Walleye are hanging in the water feeding.
The release will release your fishing line when a hit occurs, and you use your rod and reel to bring in and land the Walleye.
This means there is no need for heavy weight on your line, and in this way it’s easier to fish and catch more Walleye.
A winch, which can be either manual or electric, is used to put your line and bait right at the desired depth for the fish.
This is considered a controlled depth fishing method. A downrigger has many components, and each one plays an important part. One of the biggest mistakes made when setting one up the is not using enough weight.
This can greatly increase your chances of a wildly successful fishing trip:
Walleye migrate through the water, and may be suspended at a specific depth. The weight helps to ensure that the lure or bait stays at the desired feeding depth, which is where the fish are suspended at.
If the weight you are using is not sufficient, which is a common mistake, the results will not be as good, if you see any results at all.
Make sure that the weight used is at least eight pounds, but usually should be no more than ten pounds. Consider your boat size when buying one, because small boats may not be able to handle large ones without experiencing some problems. Do not buy too much downrigger for your boat.
Once you know where the fish are and the depth they are hiding at, it is time to start fishing.
Attach the downrigger ball to the wire, and then swivel the downrigger to ensure an angle to the boat hull that is approximately forty five degrees.
Attach the pressure clip to the ball. Next you need to rig the and bait the rod that you will use. Let the lure out a significant distance, anywhere from twenty five to one hundred feet, and then form a loop with the line and attach the loop tip into the pressure clip. Release the wire while simultaneously letting out the fishing line on the rod, making sure the same rate of release is used for both.
Once the desired depth is reached, lock it into position and set the reel drag. The purpose of a down rigger is to keep the right amount of tension on the line while keeping the bait at the specified depth in the water.
By definition, using downriggers is a pretty “hands off” approach once everything’s set up. But the thrill from cranking in a monster fish is still just the same (or better!)