a fishing line used in trolling that is attached to a weighted cable in order to put lures or bait at a specific depth under a boat, usually near the floor. Unabridged
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If you're not catching fish vary the boat speed and vary the distance back from
  the downrigger release.
These thermometers are either hand held and lowered on a cable, or connect to
  your downrigger system.
Because of their propensity to attach to fishing lines and downrigger cables
  water fleas can easily be spread into inland waters.
Fishing downrigger is a device used for submerging and lowering a fishing line
  and bait down and away from a boat while trolling.
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