Offshore Downrigger Releases
and Planer Board Releases
The downrigger line releases have to function flawlessly or expensive downriggers can not do their job properly. The weakest link in a downrigger system is the release. The release not only holds the fishing line in place at depth, but controls the tension that will allow a hook set at the time of the initial strike. If the downrigger releases tension is set too heavy, the angler will not be able to trip the release when a fish is hooked. One downrigger release will not meet all fishing applications. Off Shore Tackle produces three different downrigger style releases. The OR-1 Medium Tension Single Downrigger Release (Black color) is designed for fishing Salmon, Trout and Steelhead. The OR-4 Light Tension Single Downrigger Release (white color) is designed for Walleye and fishing smaller Trout and Salmon. The OR-8 Heavy Tension Single Downrigger Release (red color) is designed for salt water fishing and Musky fishing situations. The tension setting of each of these releases can further be adjusted by how deeply the line is placed between the rubber pads. The rule of thumb is to error on the heavy side when choosing line releases and setting the tension setting. It is also important to note that line releases are designed to function with monofilament line, not super braids or other braided lines. The Off Shore OR-2 and OR-4 downrigger releases are used for stacking. A stacked line is a means of adding a second fishing rod and line to a downrigger, effectively doubling the number of lines that can be fished from each downrigger.
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