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Estimating leadcore depth is not an exact science as it depends on many factors. That being said at about 2 MPH I assume my leadcore sinks about 5 feet per color.
thanks guys. next time i go out i'm gonna bring my hand held gps, see if i can figure out what my speed it. right now, i just put the motor in gear, but i don't know how fast i'm going. it's enough to make my spoons dance though. i really wanna get a new fishfinder. got my eye on the hds 5 but money is tight at the moment. just spend some on downriggers so i'll have to wait a while before the next upgrade.
I have a cannon manual rigger you can have cheep shoot me an E-mail if your interested.
Yeah, I'm still a relative newbie myself although slowly coming out of my rookie phase. I finally got the HDS5 this year as my first toy (lead core only, no riggers or planers, etc... yet). Anyway, the GPS has opened a new world to know speed and also target specific areas with the 1 foot contours navionics chip. I find the depth finder/fish finder a little less useful thus far as it seems I never catch the fish on the finder and seem to catch ones that don't appear there. go figure. however, it does confirm what i see on the gps is accurate or not and approximate depth where they are hanging out. Anyway, knowing my speed has been huge for me this year. With 150HP and a trolling plate, I didn't realize how difficult it was to stay in my target range. With the plate down, it wants to 'idle' at about 1.3 - 1.5 or less. Kick it up to the next level and it wants to go to 2.3 to 2.6 or higher(depending on wind, current, etc...) I don't really know the answer but rightnow I'm trying to stay in the 1.8 to 2.2 range with spoons. Last year, I had no chance and now realize I was going either way too slow or way too fast. This year, I know and can constantly adjust and it has really helped a lot to catch more fish. So, I would strongly suggest saving your pennies for the HDS. Really, I don't know how I ever lived without it. Good luck!
thanks for the offer grinnin, but i just ordered two manual cannons last week. hopefully they'll get here before the weekend so i can get em mounted. i appreciate the offer though.
for now, i'm just gonna have to go without on the hds. i just don't have the coin right now. i have an x67c on there now, but i don't think it'll show speed. i see stuff in the menu for it, but nothing is displayed. i'll give my hand held gps a try and see what it'll tell me.
thanks bud, back atcha.
For lure depth, do the math: estimate the distance from rod tip to water and divided by the estimated length of line between rod tip and water entry, then multiply by the total length of line out. Let's say rod tip is 5' above the water line and there's ~25' of line not under water. Your lure is down 1' for every 5' of line your running.