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I fish in LI Sound - Huntington, Oyster Bay area and I'm interested in getting a downrigger for trolling with my 22' Grady White. I just don't like trolling with wire. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
 

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Here are my thoughts. Before purchasing anything, why not try trolling with mono? Wire and downriggers are cumbersome, so why not keep it simple? If you plan on pulling bunker spoons, I believe that downriggers deaden much of the action needed for the spoon to work correctly, and wire becomes a neccessity.

I have been trolling a shad umbrella on a standard conventional setup with 40-pound test & the results have been great. The key is to slow down ? I don?t go much faster than 3 knots. Last week I worked the same area, with the same umbrella rig, at the same time as a friend who pulled the rig with wire. We had identical results in number and size. This is in an area of heavy current, south of the Verrazanno and I was still pulling up starfish from the bottom.

Here is a double from 2 weeks ago:


Stephen Byrne
NY Bight Editor
Nor'east Saltwater
 

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I am currently thinking about picking up a downrigger myself. I have been fishing with mono for years now and find that much of my fishing is done in not much more than 25 feet of water. If you idea is to start fishing deeper water and larger game I agree 100% in picking up a down rigger. I currently have my eye on the PENN Fathon Mater 600 which runs about 250 dollars. There are other cheeper rigs you can buy such as the Cannon and Scotty but those who own them say that the Penn is your best bet.
 
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