Safeguard the Downrigger
For most dredges deployed on smaller boats, a single-pulley and tag-line setup is the only downrigger modification required. For larger, heavier dredge configurations, care must be taken not to overstress the downrigger boom, swivel base or rod holder with the weight of the dredges and attending water pressure on the rig. For reinforcement and stability, run a length of paracord from the roller end of the downrigger boom to a spring-line cleat on the boat. By cleating off the reinforcement line, you can quickly adjust the line for the best support, and release it from the cleat to swivel the downrigger forward when fighting a fish.