Beginner in need of advice
- You don't need downriggers (as previously mentioned, you will want them later though)
- Start by learning the coho game. this is the easiest fishing out there. Late April through mid-June depending on your home port. You have many options here, none require riggers. You can catch limits of coho with 6 planer boards. You can run 2 divers/4 boards, or 4 divers/2 boards. You'll kill em - dodgers/peanuts
- When the lake stratifies for summer, you can do your tricks with lead core and copper
Ultimately, you can really pound some of these fish with a few rods - based on the seasonality/date, target species, etc.
Like others have already said, if you do fall in love with this...you'll soon buy in thousands, but you can be very dangerous with six rods. Now, just to avoid complete ignorance here...there are going to be some presentations you won't capitalize on, and there are distinct advantages seldom repeated without riggers.
Honestly, when I first got into this, I was putting together rod/reel/line combos for $60/piece (cheap $35 reels, $15 rods, ~$10 line). Six of those will work at times.
You can run 2-4 dipseys pretty easily if you put some thought into rod holder placement and dipsey settings. Those fish travel 15ft up or down in a heartbeat. Get a couple baits in the 60ft range, couple around 30ft, couple flat lines, and you'll get hooked up..