• Downrigger Weight Snubber Vs bumper

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 #242458  by retired11
 Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:18 pm
Who uses a snubber on their downrigger weight? Pro's VS Con's?

How do you setup your downrigger weight? Do you use a bumper?

Last time I used downriggers my release was a little yellow fin with about 5 notches in it where you pushed a button in one of the notches. I'm trying to catch up with the latest and greatest setups...

Thanks for your help.....
 #242465  by The Quadfather
 Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:21 am
I like to keep it simple. I have used a snubber before, but do not feel that it changes anything. I catch fish either way, so by not using one I less gear to contend with.
As far clips, you mentioned something about a clip with 5 separate notches..? I find the Scotty clips work the best for me. Even when trolling for trout, I use the large salmon clip. The black Scotty’s with the yellow on the clip end.
Do be aware that there is two separate positions of tension though. Use the stuff tension position, and then make the variable, place deep or shallow within the clip where you place your line.
 #242466  by TrackerPro16
 Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:52 am
I have probably four different types of downrigger releases but have settled on either a rubber band or Chamberlain off of the downrigger. I have read the Chamberlain and salt water do not mix though.
 #242470  by hewesfisher
 Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:54 am
TrackerPro16 wrote:I have probably four different types of downrigger releases but have settled on either a rubber band or Chamberlain off of the downrigger. I have read the Chamberlain and salt water do not mix though.

I, too, use Chamberlain releases but am fresh water only. [thumbup]
 #242477  by TrackerPro16
 Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:00 pm
18ftTrophy wrote:I, too, use Chamberlain releases but am salt water only. [thumbup]


No issues with them? The only thing I heard was the first ones produced would bulge (parts corroding) then break. They may have changed how they build them. I will probably be doing some blue water salt fishing in the future so it would be good to know. Thanks!
 #242485  by 18ftTrophy
 Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:09 pm
TrackerPor16 there is two Chamberlain releases for sale in the classifieds. $20 for two is a great price, but find out which ones they are. the best one is the one that clips between the ball snubber and the cable.
 #242559  by TrackerPro16
 Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:55 pm
I already have a few of the ones that attach firmly to the cable. I clip them about 2-3' above the weight and twist the line (braid) ten times and hook it into the release if I am using my 9' 'light' pole. With heavier poles I put a rubber band between the line and the release. I seem to get better hook sets that way with the stiffer poles.
I purchased the two from the classifieds but have not picked them up yet. Turns out I saw them the week before at his yard sale! Funny!
 #242560  by Sideburns
 Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:01 am
Scotty sells a snubber to install between the downrigger and ball. Its supposed to keep you from shock loading the downrigger line when lowering/stopping and snapping off the ball. Its also supposed to isolate the electrical field around the ball (if you buy into that kinda thing) I have never used one, but I could see it saving a novice from loosing a ball when learning to downrigger fish.

The bumpers are more important for electric downriggers. If they fail to stop (when retrieving) automatically, the bumper usually keeps you from snapping off a ball when it hits the downrigger pulley. I could see that the snubber might have much the same effect. I like to keep my downrigger gear as small as possible to minimize drag in the water, but I do use a bumper.... a large bead just barely big enough to not pass the pulley and a small piece of rubber tubing between the ball snap and bead to absorb some shock load if the bead hits the pulley

I use the scotty mini releases, and the larger one that quadfather was talking about. Simple and effective, but many dont like them. They just pinch the mainline like a clothes pin. I also use the diy "1 dollar kokanee releases" that the owner of this site (Mike Carey) did a youtube video about a few years ago. Theyre actually made from a plastic clothes pin, and honestly work just as well as many other releases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FNmPPmFM-8
link to the video
 #242600  by rseas
 Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:57 pm
I use the snubbers with a long-line clamp to attach the ball. While I don't nesseccarily subscribe to the shock protection side of it, I do find the snubbers very "handy". I have problems with my hands and the thicker diameter of the snubbers makes it possible for me to handle my----downrigger weights.