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3/29/18 @ 9:09 PM
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J B
J B
USER since 3/10/02

Does anyone have their fish hawk transducer mounted right next to their side imaging transducer? I’m looking at adding a fish hawk, but I really don’t want to drill another hole in the transom. 

Are the dream weaver action dodger or baby spin doctors worth adding to a small boat setup? If so, what color do you like the best. 

I’m looking to add a few spoons this year? Do you have any hot spoons the last couple of years that are must haves?

What’s everyone using for down rigger releases  I just used cannon pinch pads last year with decent success.

Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks in advance!!!


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5/3/18 @ 9:43 PM
diver hunter 1987
diver hunter 1987
USER since 9/29/09

I’d try your graph as is on your first trip   I use 10-12lb balls so I can usually see the ball on the graph.  If you can’t it maybe blowback or you could try tipping the ducer back a click.  As stated the ball will be a solid line the fish coming up look like vertical streaks atleast that I’ve seen.  I think it’s more important to see fish/bait/thermocline then to see my ball.  I put out what I think I need with blowback and such and go until I see fish then go back threw if I don’t get one adjust up down till I get bit

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4/28/18 @ 8:40 PM
Robbollio
Robbollio
USER since 10/17/04

If your transducer is near the back of your boat and assuming the ball is rather straight down and not to far back, or on the complete other side of the boat, you should see it as a nearly solid line on the graph. If your not picking it up and think you should be your settings are probably off. Sensitivity, angle of 'ducer, etc....

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4/28/18 @ 8:18 PM
take em 26
take em 26
USER since 12/29/09

Ok last question for a while. I have a helix 9 and I have not used it alot.... is there a way to see you down rigger ball on your locator? Is it a simple setting? Or adjusting the transducer on a different angle?

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4/19/18 @ 1:50 PM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
USER since 1/29/02

Snap weights on braid will get you down to depth too, we run them sometimes with heavy weights off boards to get deep rather then copper or lead depending what the fish want.

The lead portion of the set up does put a bit of a "rise and fall" action on the bait too though. If adding snap weights to the lead just add about 15' of depth to your chart for a three colors and about 25' for the five.

All weights are extremely speed/depth sensitive so when you're looking at your chart keep that in mind.

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4/19/18 @ 12:40 PM
take em 26
take em 26
USER since 12/29/09

I have a set of snap weights that range from 1/2 oz -4oz.... just never really used them that much. I have a depth chart for snap weights. It would be sort of the same goal with snap weights on braid as it would leadcore?

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4/19/18 @ 11:57 AM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
USER since 1/29/02

If your not using leadcore or other type of weighted line you're really missing out!

If I was a smaller boat guy just starting out I would rig a 3 and a 5 color and have snap weights ready for when the bite slows down or the fish are deeper. It's an easy, somewhat inexpensive, way to start and will catch lots of fish with flexibility in depth.

I agree, superline backer is a must and use a Sam's Pro release on your planerboard.

Edited on 4/19/18 12:01 PM
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4/17/18 @ 11:23 PM
blackbrd
blackbrd
USER since 1/9/07

Havent used the baby spinnies or small action flashers but i know they work just havent had to use them.

3 spoons. Mag moonshine bloody nose, mag moonshine 1/2 orange 1/2 white with black dots and mag happy meal moonshine.

Oh and blacks releases

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4/17/18 @ 12:41 PM
X-Ray
X-Ray
USER since 3/30/15

Once July rolls around, the ten color is almost always in the water.  Typical solo July setup for me will be wire diver on starboard side 3 setting, downrigger out the back, and ten color on a board on port side in a 16' boat.  This would be for a temp break at 50' down.  If the temp break is higher up, I will run 5 or 8 depending on how high up.  I have also run wire divers 3 setting on port and starboard with 300' 45# copper out the back.  Bottom line for me is that a 10 color is a must.  There are days when it catches the fish with divers and riggers silent.   

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4/16/18 @ 8:28 PM
diver hunter 1987
diver hunter 1987
USER since 9/29/09

I have a 18ft boat and have dabbled in the 7+ color lead core segments and I won’t do it again.  I have my best success as stated below with 3 color and have had some ok days on 5 color.  I get way more fish on flat lines and s-Biner setups in which I use 2 or-16 snaps on the dipsys.  This gets the dipsy as far away from the spoon f/f as you want (grey beards setup).  It’s a hassle running those long leads along with any distance on a 3 set dipsy the fish then come up when hooked in dipsy right into the lead rod atleast in my boat.  Put your money elsewhere and get acouple short leadcore setups.  Penn 309s are awesome for those and can be found cheap.  Also back the lead with braid instead of mono you can get a ton of the stuff on even a smaller reel.

Edited on 4/16/18 8:30 PM
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4/16/18 @ 2:56 PM
sslayer
sslayer
USER since 6/9/06

take em 26. I sent you a PM, check your Messenger.

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