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Full core rig is 10 colors of leadcore, 1/2 core is 5 colors, swr(secret weapon rig) rig is a 2-4 colors of leadcore off the downrigger. I typically will run 25' leads of my core setups. The upside is you get the bait 325+' behind the boat, the downside is that you do have folks that will troll through your spread at times and snag you. I will run a 5&7 colors off my outside boards and then run a full core off each side on my inside boards, a dipsey off each side, a swr rig off the corner rigger, a 16oz snap weight(pump handle) down the chute and a mono line off the other rigger for a full spread with three guys.

Hope this helps.

Tunrevir~

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Sorry, about the lingo but I thought I'd throw the others out as well as you may come across some of these when looking at great lakes fishing. Pump handle is using a heavy snap weight off of a rod in the 8 oz to 20 oz range. The rod will pulse much like a down rigger rod and in essence it is the same thing, but with a smaller weight and can be varied alot more then a straight rigger set up. Down the chute refers to the center rod in the spread. With three guys I typically will run a nine rod spread and the last rod that isn't paired like the others in the spread goes straight off the back of the boat or "down the chute". It would also be the same if it was a five or seven rod spread with one splitting the middle between the riggers straight back it is down the chute. Hope this clarifies things for you, good luck and tightlines!

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I will typically run the snap weights off of a mono line, have never realy tried it off steel. Yep, 8 oz up to 20 oz depending in the depths I am trying to get to. You can vary the length of the lead to the weight to any length that you want but I typically will runit 50-75' back to the ball and then freespool the weight to the bottom and crank it back up six to ten cranks to make sure the lure is going to clear. The other method is to use a line counter reel and lower the ball to a set distance down. Line counter is nice as you can easily replicate the set if you catch a fish on it.

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I heard a story from a deckhand on a charter boat, of a customer pulling in a 1 pound ball, swinging it around and smacking another deckhand in the side of the head.. ouch.. yes, we have line counters on our wire,dipsy and board rods.. Thanks for the good info, I am leaving thursday night, and coming back monday..

oh, about the 1 pound balls, you running spoons with those? flashers? flys?

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I usually run spoons or J-plugs off of those. Green glow, black spatter back, pearl, wonderbread j-plugs have been good. Proking magnum spoons in pink alewaife, blue alewife, black/silver with glow ladder back, green alewife have all been decent spoons. Good luck out there lindy!

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