Many of you may have heard of or even use a few different types of diving techniques to get your baits down to the fish lets discuss the different ways to present a bait to the fish
1st you can use just the weight of the actual lure itself to get your baits in front of the fish you are trying to catch. Each type of lure has different shaped lips in front of the actual lure. The purpose of the lip on a lure is to get the lure itself down to a specific depth with a specific amount of line out behind the boat. Now Depending on the amount of line you put out will determine how deep each lure will dive as per the manufacturer’s specs. Most companies will base the accuracy of each lure by comparing the depth of each individual lure with 100ft of line out behind the boat. Once you go beyond a specific amount of line out, the lure will no longer dive any deeper, it is at this point if you wish to dive a bit deeper or even change the angle of a specific lure that you may find the aid of a diving apparatus helpful.
Some of the most common diving apperatuses are, Down Riggers, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers, Bottom bouncers, Torpedo Weights, Inline weights, Snap weights, and Now this year Tadpole Weights.
To start off with this week I will talk about Down Riggers. I will post a different blog about each diving apparatus over the next 6 weeks until I have covered all the above mentioned techniques.
Week 1 – Down Riggers
Down Riggers can be a very useful tool, especially during the hunt for the Trophy fall walleye here on the bay Of Quinte. This is where Anglers put their baits, usually a small lipped or shallow diving bait 15ft to 50ft behind their boat and use a very heavy weight called a cannon ball, usually between the 8 to 12 lbs range, to get their bait down to a very specific depth in the water column. Although a very effective tool, a down rigger can be costly, they can run anywhere from $80.00 for a light duty hand cranking one to a very expensive top of the line $800.00 machine with all the bells and whistles, and the weights themselves can run anywhere from $20.00 to $100.00 plus, each. If an angler needs to get bait down anywhere from 15ft to 200ft it is very easily achieved by using a rigger. Anglers have been using riggers for years and for good reason, They Work.
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