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jerkin'm

Looking to purchase some dipsy pulling equipment for lakers...Any suggestions as to rods, reels, lures for this setup? Never used them before and could use a starting point..Thanks for any info-

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Xplorer

I'm sure you'll get a few suggestions, heres what Ive used the last couple years.

Reels: Diawa sealine 27's

Rods: Diawa 9.5' Heartland dipsey rod, heavy action

Line: PowerPro 50# to the dipsey, then a 15# flourocarbon leader back to the bait.

Lures: I have used mainly spoons, usually with about a @6' leader to them and a ball bearing swivel.

The deepest I have had spoons down to date is 86' on a large (not magnum tho) dipsey with ring, a 0 setting and (i think) 210' of line out.

You really need to experiment to figure out how deep you are getting which can vary greatly on the setting and line type. Also experiment with the dipsey tension to make sure it will release easily, but not tooo easily, or you could drag around a small fish for awhile.

Also, make sure that your rodholders are bolted to the boat (and preferably stainless) as the dipseys put alot of strain on them.

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jerkin'm

Exactly the info I was looking for...What type rodholders do you use? Any type or brand of spoons you favor?Unfortunately I will be bolting them to a bass boat somehow....Need to figure out the best location so I can get some support underneath i'm guessing? I am planning to use the rodholders for Muskie trolling as well so I know they will need to be stout...

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End of the Line

Heavy duty rod holders! The metal ones in the Pursuit tracks work great. I like Xplorer's advice except I like 20# leader not 15#. If you use braided line might want to think about a snubber behind the dipsy on the leader too. The other thing that Chris touched on is a heavy action rods. What I'll add to that is if you plan on using them inconjuction with a downrigger, I would use a rod at least 6 inches longer than those. If you use 8' downrigger rods, go with at least an 8' 6" dipsy rods. If you want to double them up; inside dipsy rod 8'6" outside rod 9'6". As far as actual rods and reels, I have Diawa Sealines in 47LC and Shimano rods. As long as the reels have a really good drag system and there is a line counter you'll be find. My favorite spoons are the ones the fish like that day! wink.gif

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Xplorer

You dont even want to know what i currently use, cause I still cannot believe that i havnt lost a whole rig over the side the last 2 years laugh.gif (OK, i use 4 RAM holders bolted on for now. 2 pursuit tracks and 4 stainless holders will be on by July tho!)

I have good luck with the Jims Flashback spoons, but just cause they are what i have the most of. Look at Marine General online for much more choices, they are endless. Watermelon, monkey puke, purple/black dots, glow green/black dots have been my 4 best in the limited time out there. Joel spends more time in a couple weeks out there, than i do all year. You can also pull flasher/dodger and flies behind dipseys too!

Lastly, beware! It is a slippery slope you are heading down, you can get hooked oh so easy grin.gif

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jerkin'm

I plan on putting the setups to use on Crow and Lake of the Woods, not Superior...so I can only get hooked so bad right? grin.gif

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Capt.Blaine

Fishermans Corner in Pike Lake also has a good selection of Flashbacks.

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