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A downrigger is a specialized fishing device used in both freshwater and saltwater fishing to precisely control the depth at which a fishing lure or bait is presented in the water. It consists of a spool of stainless steel cable or braided line attached to a heavy weight, typically a cannonball or a keel-shaped lead weight. The downrigger is mounted on a fishing boat or kayak and is deployed vertically into the water. The basic components of a downrigger include: 1. **Boom:** A horizontal arm extending from the downrigger's body that holds the fishing line and weight. The boom can be extended or retracted to adjust the distance between the weight and the lure. 2. **Cable:** The cable connects the weight to the downrigger spool. It is extended and retracted to control the depth of the lure. 3. **Weight:** The heavy weight, often a cannonball, is attached to the end of the cable. The weight is used to submerge the fishing line to the desired depth. 4. **Release Mechanism:** A release clip or mechanism is attached to the fishing line. It holds the line in place until a fish strikes, at which point it releases the line for the angler to fight the fish. To use a downrigger, the weight is lowered to the desired depth while the boat is moving at a slow speed. The fishing line, with a lure or bait, is attached to the release clip on the downrigger cable. When a fish strikes, the release mechanism releases the fishing line, allowing the angler to fight the fish without the resistance of the weight. Downriggers are particularly useful for targeting species that inhabit specific depth ranges, such as salmon, trout, or other deep-dwelling fish. They provide anglers with precise depth control, increasing the chances of success in deepwater fishing scenarios.

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