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Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

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Hello Pro’s. I have a 2018 Lund Tyee with the 42 degree Sport Track system.

 

Last spring/summer I trolled with cheap plastic rod holders for dipsies and leadcore. I had a ball. My wife had a ball. We actually found something that we both enjoy and we were getting pretty good at.

 

I have saved all winter for downriggers and rod holders to make trolling and rid management easier and make the bot a little more professional looking.

 

I am ready to make a huge purchase but wanted to voice my concerns and see if you guys will guide me in the right direction.

 

My gut feeling and current path forward is to buy Big Jon Pro Pro Tournaments affixed to the Lund Sport Track downrigger plate. The silver finish and the autostop are the sell points for me. This will also give me the ability to move the downriggers up and back, and remove them on overnighters. I have seen zero reports of the Lund Sport Track not providing solid support. Let me know if I am making a mistake.

 

My second purchase is Big Jon vertical rod trees (the three rod holder) on the Lund Sport Track downriggers plate. The one hand operation is the sell point here. My concern is...Do you guys run dipsies on these vertical rod holders? I am kind of worried about the strength of the tree especially at the top. Seems like my dipsies are beastly pressure.

 

My other purchase is to by the TX-44 Church Magnum Planer boards for dipsies. Do you guys use planer board with dipsies? I like the big boards for lead core, but never used them for Dipsy divers because I thought the diver would just pull the board under or the board would just come off.

 

Thats quite a lot to digest, all responses appreciated. Target date for purchase is 5 March for all the gear.

 

 

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I don't run dipsys off the trees.   Typically you want your dipsy rod tips closer to the water.  I use the trees for my planer board lines.  I use the TX-44 for my 200 coppers and up.  For something smaller than that you can use a smaller planer board.  You can run dipsys off a large planer board, but I'm not sure what the point of that is.  The purpose of the board is to get the bait away from the boat.  The dipsy does that anyway.  I suppose you could set the dipsy on a zero setting so it doesn't dive to the side and run it behind a board to get your bait down (as opposed to using copper or lead core), but I would be afraid of what might happen if you get into some unique underwater currents.  It may cause some tangles.  I suppose you could do that, but I never have.  (Doesn't mean it won't work though.)  I haven't used the Big Jon gear so I can't comment on that.  You can also consider https://www.traxstech.com/, but by the sounds of it, the Lund Sport Track is pretty similar.  What a fun project you are starting on!

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Thanks Mega Byte. Yep, the consensus is no dipsies under planers. It felt odd to me when I read about that, but the product description for the magnum sized planer board includes dipsies. They must be talking about the little divers.

Understand the utility of the trees now. Glad I asked the question. Again, it felt odd...so I thought (and I was right) that dipsies and trees are not so good. (Height and strain)

Yes, this is quite a “build out” for the new boat. If it wasn’t such a rush bringing in those silver fish (lakers included), I would just go with what I have. But trolling has really been much more fun than I expected and my wife is hooked as well. So, I feel good about blowing cash on this. Got a nice tax return due to the increase in the standard deduction, so that encouraged me to start closing loose ends on my questions.




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