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Leads off the downriggers

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I don’t know many muskie guys that run downriggers so you may not get many responses. There are plenty of muskie baits that reach desired depths flat lined. However, I know it is somewhat common on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario. I personally have only tried downriggers a few times. One season, years back at Chautauqua, we caught several muskies off a downrigger. Lead length was between 30 and 50’. We got a 53”er off a downrigger on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario years back. It was a longer lead.

 

Here is a link to Bob Walter’s website. He has a bunch of experience running downriggers for muskies and runs an underwater camera. I don’t know that he specifies lead length, but the baits must be pretty close to the camera and ball.

 

https://stlawrencemuskiefishing.com/muskie-videos/

 

 

 

 

 

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I dont think it makes much difference when the target is musky. I played around with using my rigger to get an inline spinner down just above the weeds and in my wash this past season. It was maybe 20 to 25 back. It worked well as I could crank up the ball and see the spinner and tell if it was fouled then just drop it back.

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I'm not a fan of targeting muskies below 35 feet so I have no need to have my riggers on the boat when muskie fishing. Years ago I tried with a downrigger and had a muskie leave 2 teeth in the rubber coating of an orange cannonball. It was at this point I decided that I didn't want anything in the water that didn't have hooks.to a muskie if it moves it's food so don't get hung up on fancy paint jobs .  After over 30 years of muskie fishing I started fishing the Larry 8 or so years ago and everyone was running really long leads. My first St Lowrance fish was on a Hose Fatty 88 feet back . From there i kept shortening my leads till my most productive rod has been 45 lb single strand monel 35 feet back. Muskies are curious and I don't believe they have any fear of your boat. I don't notice the guys coming out of Clayton using riggers as much as they did years ago.

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