I am looking to upgrade my trolling and mooching setups on my boat. After a trip out with fellow ODD member Ulflyfish this summer, I became convinced that line counters would be a worthwhile upgrade over the spinning reels I am currently using. While making this change, I would like to get it right and have a really good reel for both the downriggers as well as when we stop and mooch. I went into B&Jís and got a Diawa SG27LCA at their recommendation. One feature I like about this is that it has a freespool drag setting, so hopefully I can set this so that I just release the drag for going down on the downriggers and I am not having to always loosen and tighten the drag. Has anyone tried this? Does it work like I am thinking?
Also, what is a good pole for this dual use? Seems like a medium weight pole, but I am not sure f the benefits of a shorter or longer length pole (7-9ft range?). As for like, I am planning on using 25lb mono, as a good compromise between kings and slivers. It seems like this may be a bit light for lingcod, but as a backup I can always use the halibut gear. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Ideally I will end up with 4 matched poles and reels for the downriggers, and then I may keep a couple of the spinning reels onboard when more people are fishing. I really like one type of reel and pole across all of the downriggers, since I usually run 2 poles stacked on each downrigger.