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another downrigger question

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I am new to downrigger fishing but want to give it a try this week. I need a little help on stuff. Say I want to fish a reef that comes up to 27', how many feet do you put the ball out(4lb balls)? Does it depend on what baits you run? I am mainly looking at running #5 shads. How far off the bottom do most folks run baits?

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I would run it at 22' or 23' down with the lure about 25' back if you want to tick bottom. I like to run anywhere from occasional bottom contact up to 6' up, depends on the day. I wouldn't run the ball any deeper, or you may find trouble. Be careful around rocks with riggers, especially in rougher waters. Also don't trust the mapping chips. None of the reefs are mapped nearly as accurate as they claim. They are good, but can be up to 5-6' off in places. Try some reef runners or deep taildancers on a long line. It works well and is much easier than downrigging around rocks.

Good luck,

toddb

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Bigeyes,

I think you want to run a heavier ball. The charters run

10 pounders, in a smaller boat like mine I run 8s. You

want the cable as straight up and down as possible, you

should be able to track your rigger balls on your depth

finder. 4 pound balls will be way behind the boat at

trolling speeds.......Are you sure you have 4 pounders?

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Thanks for the advice. I will have to check on the weights. I know they are not the really big ones.

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