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    Question Downrigger release

    I am thinking about ordering one of Chamberlain's downrigger release's to try this season. It is an entirely different concept of release than I've seen or used before. Watching the video makes me want to give it a try.
    Any experience with this unit out there? Good, bad, ugly??

    You can view a couple of videos and read info at--- www.downriggerrelease.com

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    That's what I use and prefer, though I "de-rig" them and set them up myself. Basically the wire you see on the left with the eye on top and the triangular loop on it goes away, and I slide 300# mono through the hole and put a crimp on each side of the release to lock it in place on the mono. I run the 300# mono from the clip on my wire, all the way to the ball, adjusting the length to match the distance from the boom to the water so the ball stays in the water when the wire stops at the clip, if you follow that.

    I got hooked on them while trolling for bluefin tuna on the east coast. We were doing 8-10 knots and trolling some big lures, and there was never a problem. Conventional releases would pop free all the time. I just got in the habit of using them and now greatly prefer them to the stuff from Canon and everyone else. With small stuff like we use up here for salmon and the lower speeds, you can adjust them a lot more sensitively and consistently than you can with the Canon's, etc, too.

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    Thanks for the reply BrownBear. I got the info on them from a friend who lives and fishes with them in Maine. I am probably going to order one up and give it a try this season. Have been usng Cannon releases for ever, but get tired of always having to adjust them by trial and error acorrding to how fast the troll is, how deep the lure runs, which way the current is running, size of line used, etc..
    Hopefully they will be an improvement over what I am used to.

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    I used these the most (outrigger) in Florida...likely what Brownbear is using.
    http://shop.proseriesfishing.com/pro...61.0.0.0?pp=12


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    I used these the most (outrigger) in Florida...likely what Brownbear is using.
    http://shop.proseriesfishing.com/pro...61.0.0.0?pp=12
    That's the one I prefer AK2AZ, but picked up the Chamberlains last time when I couldn't find those. Overall I think the one you list is better, and the price is right. Thanks for the reconnect with that source!

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    No problemo.
    What I dislike about these releases is when you are wrapping your loop around your finger and a barracuda tackles your bait off of the surface...that crap hurts! I had 2 silvers do it back to back last summer when putting a wrap in my braid line so it would stay in my Cannon off-shore releases...almost lost a couple finger tips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary W. View Post
    Hopefully they will be an improvement over what I am used to.
    You'll be very, very happy you tried them!

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    I'm stuck on these.. And I put my line in as far as I can. I don't use bait, so I rely on my release to drive the hook home. I don't lose many kings at all.
    http://www.brettsplaceonthebay.com/o...heavy-tension/

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    270ti That's the best release out there! Have you used thier stacker setup works great. The red is the heavy and is a must for kings, black is the med and will work as long as you don't pull to hard with big flashers!

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    I've stacked, but honestly, I don't like stacking and I can catch more with 1 rod down per downrigger. When I troll, I avoid open water where stacking might offer an advantage, and I hit exact spots along kelp lines to catch my kings often requiring some sharper turns, and efficiency is king (pun intended) when it comes to catching kings.

    If I were forced to get in line with a bunch of other boats, fishing open water, I'd probably stack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 270ti View Post
    ... I hit exact spots along kelp lines to catch my kings often requiring some sharper turns, and efficiency is king (pun intended) when it comes to catching kings.
    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

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    You might want to buy a Roemer release (http://www.roemerrelease.com/) and try that as well. No changes need to be made to it. They stack well if you are in to well stacked downrigger fishing. You can add or remove them from your cable in about 15 seconds. They are tension adjustable and you can easily pop your line from them at depth to let your lure work up through the water column vs. bringing it up on a downrigger. They were a favorite on Lake Ontario when I fished there years ago. I just found them again and ordered a few for use this spring.

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    What OP is after is a Black's clip there are all kinds of knockoffs of it around and Yes they work well just be sure you don't sure you don't cheap out too much and end with a complete POS.

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