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Offline Fishin Machine

Down Rigger weights
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:57:31 PM »
This past summer I took a trip to lake Stampede with a guide to Kokanee fish. I notice he used copper pipes full of lead that was 1.5" round and 12" long as down rigger weights.

He said they are great for dragging the bottom to kick up plankton and stir up the kokanee. It worked well and we limited in a few hours.

I decided to make some of my own, but wanted a 12 pound weight. So here are my new down rigger weights.
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 09:10:59 PM »
Those look pretty slick. I don't downrigger, but seems like it would not get stuck in rocks like a round ball. ??


I once saw a buy with a bunch of California Halibut he caught "Bounce Balling" with a short heavy chain on his downrigger. He said it stirred up the bottom and attracted the Halibut.  :shrug9:
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Offline steeler

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 07:57:17 AM »
If you can find some old window sash weights they can also be used.
I happened to find some in an old house.
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Offline Rokefin

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 07:58:54 AM »
I made the pipes out of stainless tubing filled with lead, we used them to bounce (or drag) the bottom for cali hali's in the Bodega area.  They worked well but after only using them a couple times I left them up in Shelter Cove.....you reminded me to make some more.
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 09:25:41 AM »
Good idea and nice metal work too!

For someone not as handy they can be made by crimping the end.
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Offline gar143

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
Same idea.
 8 lb wt.  11" long, 1 1/2" Dia. 
Old bicycle inner tube wrapped on outside.
Poured these at Streamfixer's place w/BBQ John pouring as well.
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Offline Dbobby23

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 10:57:08 AM »
Same idea.
 8 lb wt.  11" long, 1 1/2" Dia. 
Old bicycle inner tube wrapped on outside.
Poured these at Streamfixer's place w/BBQ John pouring as well.


What a great idea with the tubes. I've tried plasty dip and a couple different paints on my pipe weights I made with bad results.
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Offline Dbobby23

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 11:23:12 AM »
Same idea.
 8 lb wt.  11" long, 1 1/2" Dia. 
Old bicycle inner tube wrapped on outside.
Poured these at Streamfixer's place w/BBQ John pouring as well.

Thank again for the tube idea. The tubes work awesome with assistance from the compressor. 1 down 3 to go. I used 1-1/2 aluminum pipe filled with lead of course. Put aluminum foil on the bottom half then stuck them in a bucket full of dirt so I didn't have to use caps or crimp the end. The top I used a pencil through the stainless eye bolt to hold it out of the lead.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 11:32:50 AM by Dbobby23 »
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Offline Cannon

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 05:15:04 PM »
This past summer I took a trip to lake Stampede with a guide to Kokanee fish. I notice he used copper pipes full of lead that was 1.5" round and 12" long as down rigger weights.

He said they are great for dragging the bottom to kick up plankton and stir up the kokanee. It worked well and we limited in a few hours.

I decided to make some of my own, but wanted a 12 pound weight. So here are my new down rigger weights.
I have used those for years. I usually carry a couple of different sizes depending on time of the season, IE deep or shallow.
We have used a number of different tubes to contain them, and a couple of guys did some spin off business making them (kokanee Kid fishing for one). The drawback from the brass is electrolysis; there should be a break between the ball and the weight. Four or five wraps of masons line is about the best I have found. By making four or five loops of the masons line then tying in off, you eliminate the battery effect of the lead, copper and the stainless downrigger cable.

These weights really come into play on lakes/reservoirs with lots of stumps! The weight will bang up against the stump and then pull straight through usually. If it does hang up, just back up and lift the weight straight up. I have only lost a couple of weights made like that since I wrote the Kokanee Obsession. Another trick some of the guys use is to get the hydraulic ram from a heavy piece of equipment and bore a hole or weld and eye onto them. They don't rust and look pretty classy.

I haven't found them to be particularly helpful fishing in the salt, as I usually troll a bit faster and the larger surface area leads to a lot of blow back.   
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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 06:35:51 PM »
   Those things remind me of the old-fashioned double-hung window weights.  I believe they were made of cast iron. 

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Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 06:41:13 PM »
I like the idea of using aluminum tubes, copper tubes are expensive. It would be cheaper to buy weights than copper.

I borrowed the copper from the pipefitter that works for me. I also learned 1" tube at 15" long will get you about a 8 pound weight.  :arms:

FM
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Online Tj805

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 07:14:47 PM »
Nice job fishing machine.
Looks good.
I run 15 ib balls on my salmon setup.
But for shallow water these would probly work really well.
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Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2017, 12:20:45 PM »
TJ, I made the 12 pound, for salmon. Should I get 15 pound?

FM
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Offline Tunacious

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2017, 07:24:41 PM »
I have used the same thing for commercial fishing for lingcod in the ocean.

I made up a 60 lb bar that was about 4 feet long. 

I run a line off the back of the top of the weight with six hooks coming off the line.

A couple of floats tied into the line with the hooks keep the line straight and keeps it from sinking.

We call it a "Dingle Bar"

The bar bouncing off the bottom stirs up the lingcod and then they see the line of hooks with rubber swim baits on them.

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Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2017, 06:56:47 PM »
I heard about trolling for Lings, that must be fun.

FM
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Online Tj805

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2017, 08:04:23 PM »
TJ, I made the 12 pound, for salmon. Should I get 15 pound?

FM

I like the 15 ib more than 12 ib . 12 ib gets scooped out a lot quicker and 15 really keeps that downrigger line strait. Running braid on the downriggers helps a lot.
A 12 is fine for shallow water like 100 ft and under. :twocents:
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Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2017, 08:39:36 PM »
I don't normally go deeper than 60 feet. That make since if your going down deeper than 100 feet. While Kokanee fishing I was using 6 pound weights and that seem really light when going more than 20 feet.

I thought about braided line everyone I talked to says it is the best way to go when running electric down Riggers.

FM
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Online Tj805

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2017, 09:24:24 PM »
yea 60 feet is pretty shallow for me .
Did some fishing in 30 ft this year .
Most of the time I'm in 100-150 or more .
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Offline BayWolf

Re: Down Rigger weights
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2017, 11:20:08 AM »
They look like they would eliminate some drag as well!  Great idea. Maybe I can make a few at the next great lead pour event!!
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