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Prior to moving back to S.E. PA last summer, most of my fishing was done on the Finger Lakes of NY and Ontario. The tools of choice there were planner boards or downriggers. Since I have a pair of electric riggers, and am familar with their use, I'm wondering if I could use them to run an umbrella rig? Could I use a short piece of wire to attach the umbrella to the ball, and then hook the release for the bait to the center of the rig? Once the fish takes the bait, you would be fighting the fish only. thanks!
 

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I am a week away from doing the same, but running a release clip off each end of one arm of a large two arm brella.
giving me two rods off each drigger. Going to mount the downriggers midship, so I can run two more brella's off the boat rods short.
Hope more guys here can give some insight on experience's.
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Prior to moving back to S.E. PA last summer, most of my fishing was done on the Finger Lakes of NY and Ontario. The tools of choice there were planner boards or downriggers. Since I have a pair of electric riggers, and am familar with their use, I'm wondering if I could use them to run an umbrella rig? Could I use a short piece of wire to attach the umbrella to the ball, and then hook the release for the bait to the center of the rig? Once the fish takes the bait, you would be fighting the fish only. thanks!
Should work as long as your umbrella doesn't spin. That could be a mess. Some friends successfully caught a fish doing something similar with two rods instead of using the downrigger. I think they only used it once though.
 

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only thing you have to be careful about is getting the DR ball hung up on the bottom. Especially in the bay you are fishing contours on the bottom and if your DR bait is your deep rod whihc you want close to the bottom you have to keep a close eye on the sounder so you don't get the ball hung up. Definitely doable just need to be a little more attentive I think.
 

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I tried putting a release off the umbrella - it did not work.The line got tangled on one arm.

I used a 20 feet leader from the ball - perhaps putting the umbrella at the ball might work better.

Umbrellas off downriggers are great :yes:.Not too many guys use them in the bay but they sure do work.

I put the DF on 50 khz to "see" the ball and fine tune my depth.FWIW, I like 2-3 feet above the Rockfish :thumbup:.
 
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