Downrigger cable

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Oakbayfishin, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Oakbayfishin

    Oakbayfishin Member

    looking for suggestions on everyone’s preference for downrigger cable. What brand? Is there some better than others? Please post pics on how you have the end of your rigger setup. Thanks
  2. Powerset

    Powerset Active Member

    Most folks are running 150-200 lb premium braid on their downriggers, not cable.
  3. Islander57

    Islander57 Well-Known Member

    Old school here. I use Scotty premium 180 lb. cable. Not likely to switch anytime soon.
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  4. BCRingo

    BCRingo Well-Known Member

    400’ of Scotty 250 lbs braid on my riggers. Less maintenance and I’m likely not going back to SS cable again.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  5. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    Same for me. Love the Scotty stainless stuff. Never lets me down.
    It’s a Chevy, ford thing though. Both work well, I just haven’t found the need to switch to braid but both work fine.
  6. Powerset

    Powerset Active Member

    I was a cable guy up island but as the fish got deeper and deeper the drag from cable at 300ft was too much, and even running 15 lb cannonballs it was hard to get deep enough so everyone I knew, which was quite a few, all switched to braid. The other fishermen’s tale was that cable threw an electric charge into the water and could spook fish. I did run a black box with some success early on, but after going to braid I never used the black box any longer and fishing was great so I figured if it’s working don’t fix it !!! Anyone on here using one or the other and doing well, would be a little foolish to switch. My main reason again was the extreme depths we had to fish for several seasons up island and I did notice the braid getting deeper with less drag making it easier to get down
  7. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Went to PowerPro 250#, 100 yards of downrigger braid.
    Changed over a few years ago and should have done it sooner. Don’t have to worry about crimp in steel and breaking, no line vibration/hum and less blowback. In my opinion braid is much better to handle.
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  8. chris73

    chris73 Well-Known Member

    Scotty Premium here too. Strong, durable and abrasion resistent. Scotty had a few years ago a few batches of crappy cable that started rusting after only 1-2 seasons. They must have found a better manufacturer again as I am on my 4th season with the current set.
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  9. Ian wagner

    Ian wagner Active Member

    As a x commercial fisherman the vibration and hum bring fish in do you have any science saying it repels fish? Fish can sense vibration way farther than they can see
  10. Ian wagner

    Ian wagner Active Member

    The big problem with cable is now scotty brings it from China pnt has amazing cable they bring in from Japan the biggest problem with cable is the scotty and others have gone to china
  11. Ian wagner

    Ian wagner Active Member

    Another option is Mason cable out of USA again the biggest problem with cable is China
  12. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    I been running ss cable for 25 plus years,on downriggers that are 16 year old , both have never let me down, a few repairs here and there but thats about it, the boat i bought 3 years ago came with a set of 1 year old scottys spooled up woth braid and tuna cord set up,been prepping my gear for the season and decided to make the switch to the ones set up with braid see how that goes, just the fact that i dont have to deal with crimps anymore was my biggest factor, time will tell if i go back to ss or stay with the braid
  13. Charlie

    Charlie Well-Known Member

    You have different grades, usually 302 and 316 . Get the 7-strand, 316-grade stainless steel it lasts a lot longer!
  14. Texadafisher

    Texadafisher New Member

    I have been experimenting last season and still have cable on one downrigger, braid on the other. Both fished very well, neither out fished the other. However, there was a huge phytoplankton bloom around Texada recently. That stuff stuck to the cable like crap to a blanket. However, it didn't stick to the braid at all. Because we get these blooms several times during my season, I'm going with braid on both downriggers.
  15. advTHXance

    advTHXance Well-Known Member

    Do a search on these forums and youll find a bunch of threads on the subject.

    I use 200lb scotty braid and 2mm paracord as a snubber. No terminal tackle and very little drag through the water. I lose about 50x less lead than when I used steel cable on my riggers, but Im also a better fisherman with better electronics than I was back then.

    Braid gets my vote.
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  16. advTHXance

    advTHXance Well-Known Member

  17. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Lol... I am well aware that vibration in the water travels for a long way, I never said it didn’t or that it repels fish or for that matter brings them in. I’m the one that has to listen to it and I don’t like to listen to it. Whether vibration is actually an attractant or not I’m not to concerned about, I catch my share of salmon small, large and in between.
  18. advTHXance

    advTHXance Well-Known Member

    Maybe somebody should spool up a Scotty with 300' of guitar string and see if it makes a difference.
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  19. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    Hahaha I like that whining noise that cable makes at times.
  20. Saxe Point

    Saxe Point Well-Known Member

    I also have braid on one and cable on the other. No meaningful difference between them in terms of fishing performance that I can notice.

    I haven’t changed either in about three years. Is it time or should I just wait until I lose a cannon ball? A 15 pound ball is a lot less ($25) than replacing either braid or cable every year, I think. This is why I keep going with what I have.

    I do like the fact that braid requires no crimping so I may go with braid exclusively at some point.

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