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[doun-rig-er] /ˈdaʊnˌrɪg ər/
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.
  • The system uses a downrigger type motor to power a small metal cable across a river.
  • Calibration experiments were conducted using a new motorized, remote-control downrigger system that performed well.
  • The facility also has a battery-powered downrigger reel.

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