Post by ncsportfisher on Jul 31, 2023 19:29:22 GMT -5
With my very recent love of trolling at philpott I have thought about picking up a down rigger to get my baits exactly what depth I’m going for. Anyone have any experience with them in the lake ? I had one I used when I was king fishing a lot but I never pulled anything but live bait very slowly with it.
My goal would be to use everywhere if I can get consistent and confident in using them.
Post by ncsportfisher on Aug 1, 2023 15:32:52 GMT -5
Thanks for the input, exactly what I’m looking for. That’s what I a using now less the lead core, I’m just using fluro with different size trolling weights to get my baits down to where I “think” they are, it’s not 100% but close ish!
I should probably try lead core some time, it’s just new to me.
One take away from philpott for myself, is I tend to catch more fish in the gnarly contours than I do in the channel, but most people seem to troll the main channel above the trees, probably because it’s more consistent and they’re not hanging up as much!!
Still a lot to learn for me in this new body of water!
I like a challenge of learning something new.. I’m sure these are somewhat dumb questions, but any leg up helps take some of the learning curve out!
Do you use trolling weights in conjunction with the lead core?
Do you find that you have to go to a heavier rod instead of using mono/fluro for the added weight?
I’m probably overthinking all of this, but for the sake of conversation I’d love some input!
I am no expert, but here you go.
20 years ago before the micro braid lead core came out you would need larger reels to hold the bulky lead core.
Last I bought pictured below, and also the ugly stick rods I used. You only need a reel big enough to hold 100 yards plus leader of the microlead.
I never used trolling stinkers and lead core together, really no need. Beside that would take away a lot of the rise and fall lure action that you get from lead core line when you make your turns, and that triggers strikes.
There are plenty of speed/dept carts online. Hope this helps you.
Post by ncsportfisher on Sept 27, 2023 17:16:35 GMT -5
Wanted to give you an update, I have been playing around with this leadcore setup. I purchased 4- Abu’s on 8’ fenwick rods on a super steal from Schnees. They were over 60% off. I was able to fill them with 100 yards of 14 pound fluro as backer and I was able to get 5 colors of the micro lead on each rig with some room to spare.
Anyway, made it to philpott (it’s a lot closer than SML) 2 times now to play around. I’m still learning the speeds but for me 1.6 has worked and my gosh it’s amazing how good these rods show the “action” of the bait, you can even hear them. Womp womp womp.. I can tell how good that plug is running! I put about a 15’ section of fluro, joined with a ball bearing swivel about 7’ above the bait (small swivel, hard to see but from my trolling days in the ocean, I’ve had too many twists so I didn’t want to risk it!)
I have caught a mixed bag on them, they work. And you can cover some ground.
I will be venturing up the SML soon, but for the moment I’m still focusing on philpott to dial it in.
Thanks again for the advice and now I have to learn what the striper want to eat. I have found what the bass like to eat!