http://www.nesportsman.com/me/fish/moosehead4.shtml Some good info in this article. I've been using downriggers for the last 8 years and they are a great way to get down where the big ones are. It can be a little intimidating at first but you will eventually get the hang of it. I like to use a long lightweight rod and a good baitcasting reel and Spiderwire braided line. The Spiderwire is slippery and seems to pop out of the release more easily. Good luck!