Thursday, April 07, 2011

Downrigger dilemma

So how am I going to transfer the the line from the buoy to the downrigger???? I have no clue.
If I do it before the pulley, I have to have a connector small enough to pass through the guides which I want to keep.

In between the drum and guides, I could use a fairly large clip, but I have to lean way out and thread it through the guides and not tip over. Solution required!



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Rudy,
I rigged up something similar to use with one of Steve's kayak pots. I used a short heavy duty jigging rod instead of a downrigger though. I lock it into my rod holder and crank it up that way. I used some 80 lb halibut cord for line. To disconnect it from the reel I used a short piece of line that stays on the reel with a swivel that fit through the guides for a quick disconnect between the reel line and the line that I wanted to attach to the bouy. Maybe this would work for you if you had a longer section that stayed on the reel that you could pull back towards you instead of leaning over. The set up worked for me, but the reel I have is a Walmart cheapo that came with the rod. The weak drag was the biggest problem I had. I'm going to see about a getting a used heavier duty reel for this summer. I would have someone brace your kayak for you the first time you deploy the pot too. It really throws off your center of balance when the pot is weighted.
Heath

Rudy T said...

Thanks for the input. I made a bonhead mistake when i bought a cheap halibut reel. It was geared something like 5.2:1 so you just couldn't crank on it, The Old Penn's I think are like 2.3:1 so that might make it easier.

I think the downriggers are going to work great. I am also fashioning an outrigger for use during deployment and retrieval. I also decided to err on the side of safety and get the 360 deg mount.

April 15th!!! Probably won't make it until the weekend but I can't wait to try it out.

Rudy T said...

Okay. here's my solution. I'll post a pic when I have a complete set up ready to go by Wednesday...I hope.

The trick is going to be to tie a bimini twist know that effectively creates a loop at the end of the line. I am going to make that section of the double line 3 feet long. That enables to the line to be attached to the clip but a section of the doubled line will be out past the rollers where I can just clip the buoy on to the loop before I unclip the line to line connection.

This should work well. Now the only problem is I thought of this after the fact so I only have loop to loop connections on the first section. Well I guess we'll test both methods.