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Re: Downrigger question

To add to Kool-Aid's (Cody's) reply. With a smaller weight e.g. both the 4# & 6# weight. The blow back (distance from verticle behind the boat) your ball would be at would be impracticle to measure actual depth, unless you are a geometry major with a good eye for angles, fishing as deep as we are now. In the spring, you can get away with a 6# ball. If you can't tighten the drag on your rigger, you may need a larger rigger. If asked, you can often find inexpensive used riggers from people on this board. If you are using both horizontal and verticle blades, try taking off one or the other. Good luck on the water.

Re: Downrigger question

In my experience the vertical blades have way more drag and could definitly make up the 2 lbs.
I agree with Richard, you may need bigger riggers to get you down to the depth you need to be this time of year.

good luck!