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Walker are by far the best and most consistant releases I have used. The are adjustable and you just keep playing with them until you don't get any false releases. Actually my preference is to have a false release once in a while. When you get them set right you normall don't get any small fish dragging along that don't release. Every once in a while you will but it is not the norm.

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I have used the dubro releases with the e/z adjust tension screw with good results. Once you get them set to the right tension even the smaller fish will release them. I generally am checking each line if nothing has happened after 15 min anyway to avoid dragging the small ones around.

The dubros are fast and easy to set. Walker makes a similar release as well.

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FYI, this is the style of Walker release I was talking about, I know they make a few different styles but I think this is the one most people refer to when they say they use a Walker release.

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SM1 makes a good point about checking the lines every so often with those little ones out there........ especially this year on L.O.W's grin

Mike

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How far back are you guys running the stickbait from the release the majority of the time? I fish the great lakes with riggers all the time but I am just learning Lake of the Woods so I am curious what works for you. So far I have found 40 feet behind the release has worked best for me. Then I am running the ball 2 to 5 feet off th bottom depending on how deep the lure dives down with 40 feet of line.

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Usually run the ball 4-5 feet up. Type of lure will dictate how far back I run them. I am usually in that 40 ft distance also.

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On the Du Bro, what holds the line? I see that the line goes through the clip but it looks like if you kept reeling line in it would pull the lure towards the ball as nothing pinches the line. Is the twist in the line enough to hold it from slipping?

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On the Du Bro, what holds the line? Is the twist in the line enough to hold it from slipping?

Correct. Loop the line around your finger, give it 7 or your favorite # of turns, put the loop through the wire, click it shut. Thumb/free spool to desired depth. Everything stays in place.

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the offshore releases aren't to bad you just have to remember to get the white ones which are the light release for walleyes and only put the line in about one third of the way in the clip.

once in awhile I end up dragging a small one around for a few minutes till I figure out whats going on down there.

I buy them cause they work great for rainbows as well.

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Thanks for the feedback! We have been using the Walker releases for awhile. I'm always curious to see what might be new or better.

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Black's releases. Similar to the DuBro mentioned above. I have used these for years and you can really dial in the tension based on wind very easily.

you can see details here: http://www.cabelas.com/releases-blacks-outrigger-quick-release-clip.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03515100&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=67FF87CC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=5855178144&mr:keyword={keyword}

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