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    Hi guys, A combo halibut/salmon trip last year out of holmer when we caught loads of salmon on downriggers has spurred me to give it a try on my own boat here in scotland, as far as i know no one has used this method to catch atlantic salmon localy and advice is non existant on scottish forums, I fish on a coastline with 5 big salmon rivers within 60 miles of me and there are salmon and seatrout that are caught in shallow water trolling tobys etc, so here is some questions.......
    What distance from bait/spinner to flasher?
    what distance from flasher to weight?
    does salmon tend to swim mid to surface or can you hook up near the seabed aswell?
    is speed more important than the angle of the downrigger line (45*)?
    recomend ball or fish shapped weights?
    thanks. Salty

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    Each of our 5 species of salmon require changes in tactics and tackle, so I'm guessing your Atlantic salmon also play by their own rules. You'll find a good survey of the basics for some of our species here, and there's lots more online from other sources. They'll all provide starting points for you, but unless you can find someone or some source familiar with trolling for Atlantic salmon, about all you'll get with Pacific salmon is a list of options to try out and see if they work on Atlantics.

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    This link can help you with lots of info in one place... http://salmonuniversity.com/


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    Get on Michigansportsman.com. Those guys target Atlantics in Lake Huron, I would start with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salty nuts View Post
    so here is some questions.......
    thanks. Salty
    I can only tell you what I do for salmon and what I think might work for you...so here goes!

    What distance from bait/spinner to flasher? 30" give or take.
    what distance from flasher to weight? 2 Fathoms.
    does salmon tend to swim mid to surface or can you hook up near the seabed aswell? Any part of the water column. I catch many salmon dragginig right off of the bottom.
    is speed more important than the angle of the downrigger line (45*)? This question is subjective as it all depends on the weight of your cannonball. You can troll 2.5kts at a given depth with an 8lb cannonball and have a lot of sweep back, or you can troll the same depth and speed with a 12lb cannonball and have much less.
    recomend ball or fish shapped weights? Doesn't matter at all. The weight of your cannonballs is more important than the shape. Pick a cannonball that you can fish at your desired depth without a lot of sweep back.

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    The heavier the cannonballs the more vertical they hang, less sweepback, which in turn means fewer tangles on tight turns.
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    Swedes catch Atlantics using downriggers as do Finns the issue is speaking the language (!)

    Lots of videos on youtube but it's tough to tell the details-the Salmonuniversity link you were given is a good one.

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    Thanks all, have been looking through some websites you mentioned, plenty info re trolling, this will be a huge learning curve with just one downrigger trying diff methods.
    thanks again folks

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    As well, there's a Swede on this site, here's some pics from him over there. Maybe get on there and pick his brain....

    http://www.greatlakesfisherman.com/f...ad.php?t=30910
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