Downrigger Releases Behind
Black's & Bands
by Capt. John King 1/17/2011
One of the greatest things about fishing is: it's a learned skill.
Where a special flair like kicking a 50 yard field goal,
Since to the later 1960s I've used every conceivable contraption for a downrigger release. All were decent. Some releases worked better under certain applications. The reel-fact of controlled depth fishing means attaching your fishing line to a cannonball, then having it break free. Sounds simple enough …right?
of this article is the ever deeper and deeper fish our Great Lakes Fishery
seems to be evolving to. Deep is when attractors i.e. flashers towing
meat rigs, or flies rule. If you’re looking for success during the off-peak
bite? Then attractor fishing is the way to go. Say you were hitting in
temp fish (50-54 degrees) at 7am at 60' down, by 10am more than likely
your action will come at 100' and deeper in 38 to 44 degree water.
There's an ever increasing vertical pull of the line against the release mechanism, multiplied as you fish deeper. Not to mention the pull of any attractor/lure that varies with trolling speeds.
When a fish first hits several factors come into play. Cannonballs are not stationary objects. They get pulled in any direction a fish decides to go before the rigger release apparatus breaks free. Then, there's the risk of line slipping thru a release, negating hooking power before the big show has began. Properly installed rubber bands lock the distance and do not slip. Plus, bands are a helluva lot easier on your line than any release. Being easier on your line leads to zero line failure & not buying costly tackle. Click for another article "how-to" install bands
Black's Downrigger Releases offer an added benefit, as your cannonball hangs directly straight. Not titled up at a weird angle do to water pressure of the line cutting vertically thru a 100' feet of water. Those that hang releases on the back off the rear fin of their cannonballs might want to pay close attention to this reel-fact!
Rubber Bands offer an elastic cushioning effect. Plus, a constant positive 4 pound pull with a good 18 inches of play, or stretch to keep your hook tightly stuck. This helps a hook penetration immensely. Underwater videos have recorded the full force once a Salmon begins to feel the hook go in. Just like a surface Steelhead/Rainbow on the tear, there's a lot of violent head shaking, along with body contorting spins. This is the time when the elastic stretch of 18" to 30" will keep your hooks imbedded into your next victim.
Black's & bands are less mass to pull thru the water. Unencumbered by additional clips that might carry a negative underwater signature. This is a compact stealthy approach that will prove itself. Put another way, when there's hoards of fish, who cares if you lose a few hits? When times are lean? Then is its ultra important to capitalize on every opportunity!
The system of Black's Downrigger Releases and bands offer a low cost, high performance, and several years of service. 9.95 per rigger is chicken feed & a cheap insurance policy after spending a $100 on gas.
bands sealed in a plastic bag are a must! The Made in USA bands we
offer are drop-shipped directly from the manufacturer. Not sitting
around some warehouse for years waiting to be sold. We tested the
breaking point on many and that was a consistent 4.3 to 4.4 pounds.
Lesser quality bands purchased in boxes broke at half this strength.
Brain Dead is Perfectly OK
It's easy to become complacent when the action is slow. Watching
On 1/3/11 we did a pull test with a scale on a piece of tough gristle cut from round steak. 13 ozs of pull was required to pierce thru past the barb. We used the same VMC #1 hooks like on our meat rigs and trolling flies. While the needle point penetrated with far less pressure 13 ozs is when the barb came completely thru. A 4 pound draw had stretched this leathery chunk of meat and had total mastery over it.
Black's Downrigger Releases Work with No Bands Too?
Black's Downrigger Releases were designed to work by twisting your line and do a fine
job like that. Blacks offer unlimited poundage settings at
a very low cost. The photo that opens this article is a Black’s
release that has been in use for the past 4 seasons and still
good to go.
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