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Author Topic: Big water trolling gear/info
mzmann

Hi all,

Just looking for information as to decent and cost effective suggestions for rods/reels to gear up the boat with for trolling w/downriggers on Okanagan, shuswap, and Kal lakes?

Bought an older 24 fibreform cabin cruiser type last spring for fishing, camping and such and am now finally just getting it outfitted for proper fishing as well but really have no real idea as to what to get for rods/reels to use with my (in the near future, lol) downriggers.

I am just going to grab a couple used electric scotty's or cannon's from craiglist or similar and was hoping that some of you could help point me in the right direction for decent cost effective rod/reel choices as well......or even if any of you are from the okanagan area and are looking at selling some of your big water trolling gear then I would most likely be interested as well. (however I am not back from work until the end of May but would like to have or arrange to get as much of this stuff before hand so that I can get at er as soon as possible once I return without spending a fortune!!....as I know I could easily just walk into most tackle stores and ask them for everything I will need but would also walk out spending WAY too much more than likely!, lol)

Also....is it best to spool with mono, braid or fluoro for trolling?....opinions on that and why?

Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions.
cagey

for fishing the big lakes around the okanagan i just use a 9 1/2 foot, fairly flexible rod with a level wind . it works fine with the downrigger.you probably have it at home already !
prunehands

No experience in lakes but it's easier to control mono over braid as far as release clips go
mzmann

yes I do indeed Cagey, lol.....I think I should be ok just using my Sage 3106mb and abu6500 as well I have a 9.5 rod (cant remember make/model as it was a gift and never used yet, lol) paired with (I think) its an abu 5000 and will try them out first.....probably will grab one more set up as well with a mooching reel from okuma or admundson (something that won't break the bank anyways, lol).....I think I will spool one with mono and one with fluoro and decide which I tend to like better after a few trips.....seems to be a bit of mixed opinions on it between here and a couple other forums saying that fluoro is probably best for interior rainbows (no real reasons given).....but I do really like the mono super 100 platypus line though so I may even just stick with that.....hmmm, decisions decisions, lol.
cagey

and all that time to ponder the decision!!!
mzmann

ugh....yes, no need for reminding of that, lol...too much time only getting to read reports, conditions and day dream of being out fishing...but on the same note one needs to be able to afford to keep a (B)ring (O)ut (A)nother (T)housand going somehow, LOL!
cagey

only a thousand ? what about gas?

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