Down riggers for Dams

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by typer181, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Brothers and Sisters,
    Has anyone used downriggers to fish behind dams on big rivers like the Ohio? The Markland Dam on the Ohio has spots that are 60ft deep right behind the gates, but the current can really get moving. When using a good sized blue gill as bait, it can be almost impossible to keep the line straight down, even with 20oz of weight. It seems like the downrigger could get that bait down deep without overweighting the line, making the retrieve easier when you do hook up. Any feedback is great!
     
  2. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Eric, Just a California......thought.... an idea from other posts.... why not use rocks as sacraficial sinkers.... use them as weight below the bait like with a dropper loop comming off some 30 inches up from where the weight may be attached or use a three way swivel.... use a lighter line for the rock part and it will keep it down, and then it'll break off when into catching and hauling in the fish... get some big wide type rubber bands....for the rock attachment and then a length of line from the rock up to the three way and the leader etc/ with bait off the other??????

    Got rocks close by????

    bayrunner ray
     

  3. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ray that's a great idea, and it won't cost $500! I'll be giving that a try.