Those two kayaks are not good for that type of Trolling

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Posted by Ted on 13:54:30 09/01/03

In Reply to: Trolling using a Downrigger posted by Dave Free,am

The biggest mistake people make when thinking about freshwater trolling is the the need for a touring hull.

Slow and I mean slow trolling is a must. Touring hulls have a hard time handling the weight of deep water trolling. The deeper and heavier you go, the more pull to one side. The wider barge style Tandems, Fish N Dive or Drifer seem to pull lead core much easier and straighter than the touring hulls of the Scupper and I suspect the Extreme. I can get over 80 feet deep with 9 color 18lb lead core and a rapala, so that eleminates the need of a down rigger. I do this regularly from a Tandem. You can see a video on the News and media page of this website of my son and I leadcore trolling.

Last, the Scupper and Drifter are not good coldwater kayaks, they are great kayaks for other uses, but I like to keep my rear end out of 58 degree and colder water as much as I can. I just saw the new Drifter and the redesign may be a winner. I personally prefer a kayak with larger center hull access hatches and that is why I moved away from Ocean Kayaks. Please remember, kayaks are very personal, everyone likes different things.


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