How to Deep-Drop Fishing Techniques and Reels

Over the last decade, interest in fishing the deep oceans has skyrocketed. Here, a specialist is offering guidance on the technology and equipment that makes deep-drop fishing possible.

Electronics is Vital to Fishing Deep 

Remember finders of depth back in the day? Forget fish-finders: If they could tell you the depth, those archaic pieces of equipment were doing an excellent job. Classic depth finders only could discover the little surface information.

 Most recently, in the 90s, digital chart plotters took the critical stage in electronics. GPS found to be a robust device, but the lightweight, high-quality sonar technology did not take off immediately. When heading deeper offshore into fishing canyons or humps, most GPS units would be cross-referenced with a chart showing more detailed mapping. But older transducers were normally 500 khz maximum and were typically unreliable above 500 feet, when they read bottom. 

Bottom-fishing entails deep-dropping in a precise location. in fact, it was possible to look for and conserve spaces decades earlier. Yet irrespective of this, possessing a 1 kW or better chirp processing transducer is a total game-changer. Not only can you mark a few thousand feet from the bottom, you can potentially map the underwater framework and swim more than 1,000 feet lower.

 Marking structure is essential, but I would suggest that even more essential is the capability to mark fish themselves, particularly if you are trying to save time when hunting snapper. Deep-dwelling snapper moves around like any fish, but depending on the time of year, conditions, and more. 

With the advanced sounders, there comes the need to explore new areas. Transducers with a power of at least 1 kw can usually mark the bottom as deep as 3,000 feet and often mark the structure, bait, and fish as deep as 600 feet. Chirp transducers with a power of up to 3kw allowed you to locate bait and fish as deep as 2,000 feet during daytime sportfishing. 

Except for swordfish, which eat much further into oceans, the lowest decline is in the 500-1.200 foot area. Having depth sounders that paint bottom quickly at those depths was crucial to advancing this fishery.

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The braided line for deep-sea fishing 

The deep-drop era was not powered solely by advancements in electric-reel technology. In reality, I would claim that braided line and the availability for recreational fishers of high-quality depth sounders played a far important role in the growth of the deep-drop fishing industry. 

In fact, the deep drop revolutionized as the widespread availability of braided lines at a reasonably affordable price. No matter what type of reel you are using or transducer your sounder has, monofilament mainline is recommended as it fits all when you deep dropping. Monofilament has a much broader diameter and far more stretch than braided line. The stretch makes it challenging to see the bite when falling low. The lower breaking strength at any diameter always makes it tough or impossible or drop profoundly with monofilament.

Braided line has a monofilament line diameter of around 37 percent with the same breaking power. The 80-pound braid is about the same thickness as 30-pound monofilament. In fact, there is little or no stretch of braided line. The combination of small diameter with limited stretch helps fishermen to dive far further into the column of water and discover areas that were much tougher to catch before stormy super braids hit the market.

Deep-fishing up to 500 to 800 feet 

If youre hunting tilefish, go far further and try the bottom of the water. If you find yourself over an incredibly unimpressive area, send down a bait! It is a fact that golden tilefish prefer the bottom of the mud, so its almost difficult to identify them on a sounder stage. The safest strategy is to prospect (send the bait down) with the right setup and cover with water.

 The optimum depth for tiles seems to be about 600 to 800 ft. Using a lay-down device, then leave the bottom bouncing till you finally get a bite. Save the waypoints of the area and do another drift but then continue to avoid fishing out your current place so that you can come back later.

Besides golden tilefish, in similar depths, snowy grouper, warsaw grouper, yellow edge grouper, and more species can all be targeted. Check for structure when attacking grouper in deep water; seamounts are a perfect spot to get started. Dont hesitate to explore rock piles with a lower profile, either.

 A tiny movement on your screen does not look like anything, but even the slightest adjustments can be perfect and often-overlooked spots for grouper when you view the scale at depth. These fish can examine the tackle, so dont get caught under-gunned. For grouper deep-dropping, 80-pound-test mainline is suggested, and rigs with the 150-plus-pound leader and heavy-gauge circle hooks should be adequately crimped.

Deep-Drop Fishing in great water at 1200 feet and beyond

When you explore the depths of 1,200 feet and above, you are seeking a whole different community of fish. These depths are inhabited by gamefish, such as swordfish, the most common species targeted deeper than 1,200 feet, that migrate vertically between night and day. They patrol depths ranging approximately 1,400 and 1,800 feet in the daytime. In fact, these waters are populated by the bigeye thresher sharks.

 Sometimes be confused with the bite for swordfish; the threshers are aggressive warriors and always a bucket-list fish. Other fish within this range include pomfret, escolar, and sometimes even giant tuna. We may catch bigeye tuna, bluefin tuna, and even yellowfin tuna in the 1500-foot bottom fishing range.  It helps to use equipment of between 80 and 130 pounds at these extreme depths. LP reels tend to dominate this sector, as well as Hooker Electric.

TOP 3 BEST ELECTRIC FISHING REELS

Shimano Bm9000 Beast Master Electric Fishing Reel

The drag is smooth and even, up to a capacity of 55 pounds. Even the most potent fish species get exhausted with the screen. The reel was just designed for these “beasts.” It effortlessly copes with them, with a gear ratio of 3:1 and a combined winding power of 250 pounds. 

The capacitance carries almost 940 yards of line, with a braid of 100 pounds. This is enough to fish whatever you want. By decreasing line braid, you can raise the throughput. 

Obviously, this reel is designed with an LCD monitor and buttons with various functions that transmit information from the depths. The reel is operated by a 12 volt (not included in the kit) battery or by a supplementary power cord. Shimano guaranteed the outlet would be safe and waterproof. 

The only drawback is that the manuals and the screen controls inside the package are written in Japanese. When you have issues with this language, a Google translator or dictionary may need to help you interpret them.

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Daiwa Seaborg 1000MT Big Game Electric Fishing Reel

This is a comparable instance with the previous Shimano series. Judging by a number of comments, Daiwa is one of the worlds most widely used electronic reels. It has excellent efficiency, lightweight, and high capacity. The lake fishermen who hunt the copper line are especially fond of this. 

The reel s overall drag capacity is 44 pounds, fewer than Shimanos but it can accommodate medium and wide fish too. A gear ratio of 2.4:1 should give you strong torque and bring the speed back. 

For maximum control of the fish, you can change either of two speeds at any time. The reel has a button to shift gear. In addition, 656 feet of line per minute can be retrieved, supported by an installed meter. The reel also features an outstanding function. 

The reel should be able to handle 480 or 880 yards of line based on whether a braid is on it. This is a relatively broad indicator. The supplier completely modernized the engine within the reel and eliminated the shortcomings in previous models. Now, its stronger and more durable. 

The LCD display indicates the line amount needed to calculate the depth. As soon as the lever hits the surface, it activates the automated shut-off feature. You may also switch to manual winding without disrupting fishing if you run out of batteries.

Banax Kaigen 7000CP Electric Fishing Reel Big Game Jigging

This electric reel is manufactured in Korea and is not as popular as the two previous ones. But this doesnt stop it from being of a good standard. This is the least costly reel on this list. 

Kaigen reaches 65 pounds of drag, which helps you get the heaviest fish from the bottom. This reel has a single speed of 12 feet per second, but it has a grip that enables you to monitor fully what your reel is doing. 

The ratio of the gear is very normal-3.5: 1. At high speeds, it works fairly well. The reel is mostly aimed at tiny fish and a few large animals. This reel has a painted rotor, which ensures you re going to have less expensive but also a shorter life of the engine. Despite its quite lightweight cast aluminum body, its engine is very strong. 

The biggest line load is 80 pounds and 320 yards of maximum braided line. Reduce the weight by 60 feet, and get 425 yards. The reel even has a jigging feature, which is rarely seen on budget reels.

 SAM AND MARY hope you guys found this information helpful. I hope it taught you a little bit more about fishing.  

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