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Old 04-18-2016, 10:43 AM   #1
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Nordic Tug 37 - setup for salmon fishing

After 25 years as trailer-boat cruisers, it appears we will soon be wandering around in a 37 Nordic Tug. Wow- it's hard to imagine! Seems like the only thing that won't be greatly improved is that fishing, particularly salmon trolling, will be more difficult.

If you have set up such a boat for salmon trolling, how did you do it? Trolling valve? Kicker? Or do you just fish from the dinghy?

If you do fish from the tug, how did you mount downriggers? I think I've seen fabricated SS mounts for them to bolt to. Where does one get these? What do they attach to?
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:47 AM   #2
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Egad! That's a MAJOR change!!!!

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Old 04-18-2016, 10:56 AM   #3
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Richard, I used a troll valve on our last boat. It works but can be a little fussy. On one we had stabilizer pools and the stabies slowed the boat to the right speed, on another we pulled troll bags and currently we drag troll bags. My favorite was the stabilizer polls. I am not that familiar with your new boat but I would think mounting the down riggers 2-3 feet forward of the transom would be about right. I would also suggest long boom down riggers.

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Old 04-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #4
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Congrats Richard! Which boat are you buying? Heading back to Alaska this summer?

Sorry, can't help with the fishing questions, but happy to help with NT questions.
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Richard,
BC and SE Alaska is Scotty Downrigger country. I suggest do a search for them and you will find a dealer near you. Some dealers have them on sale this time of year. You will find parts available at sporting goods stores. I suggest buying a spare drive belt and switch. These are also available but come in handy when you are out on the troll grounds and need one. If you stop in Sitka, give me a shout and we will talk Downrigger fishing the Sitka area over some local food.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:18 AM   #6
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Thanks Murray - a major change indeed!

Thanks Sam, she's a 2002. What year is yours? Survey etc yet to come. Yes, back to Alaska - assuming I can get everything done, and learn how to operate the ship, soon enough to head north end of May. This year I get to do BC via water!

Thanks Old Deckhand,
I'm sold on Scotty's. Used their manual Strongarms for the last 25 years. This time I'll go with power. Should be able to install and wire them if I can figure out what to mount them on. Would love to meet you in Sitka this summer. What eatery would you suggest? We've stayed mostly within walking distance of the harbor, so haven't tried much other than Ludvig's.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:36 PM   #7
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It looks like the board has it covered. I have a friend with a 32' Nordic Tug and his transmission is mechanical, not fluid drive, so no option for a bypass valve. Idle on his boat with a 220 Cummins is about 6 knots, way too fast for trolling. I will be interested to hear how you deal with it and how happy you are with the results.

I offered him a sea anchor I salvaged off of a life raft re-pack, which brings up it's own problems, like cranking in the gear around the trailing drogue. I suggested to him that he could buoy the drogue and just drop it when he hooked up and landed the fish, then pick back up the buoy to reattach the drogue.

I love the fact that my boat idles down around 2 knots, perfect for trolling. I am a big fan of the Scotty Strong-arms too, I have a pair of manual ones on board. Keep us posted on your results!
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Congratz on the new boat. Likely is is one that my wife and I were watching closely until we decided (OK, she decided) that we wanted a second cabin. I think you will really enjoy it.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:59 PM   #9
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Our NT42 came with Cannon Downriggers mounted on both sides of the cockpit. They seem to work well (I'm not a fisherman but have family who are fanatics).
Blue Sky also came with a troll valve that was electrically controlled; this brought the speed down from 4 knots at idle to around 2.5. For a variety of reasons we switched out the electric control to manual, which gives us infinite control from 4 knots down to 0.
One other consideration is an intercom system from the helm to the cockpit; this helps immensely.
The attached photo shows the general arrangement of the downriggers.
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My dad has a 25hp Honda mounted to the swim platform of his 30' Sundowner Tug. Been trolling for silvers that way in Valdez for years. Rear controls make it easy - even used it a couple times as a get home engine.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:09 PM   #12
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If he would, I'd bet Murray out of Kitamat would post his OB mount on his swim step. Both he and I have the set up. We use a 9.9 HI THRUST Yamaha. We can steer with the main rudder while fishing. One could use an extension handle if need be for throttle operation. Nice as it serves as your "Git a Home' motor. Ours pushes the 28' Marben pocket trawler at 4.5 plus knots with the tide at 3/4 throttle and about 2.5 against the tide. (depending on tidal flow, these being extreme)

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Richards, Ludvigs is good. We like Sea Moutain Golf Club. Membership not required and they have free ride service. While eating dinner we have seen bears on the course and Eagles stealing golfers balls. The Channel Club also has a free shuttle. Most folks think that you can only say you did Sitka if you have done the Pioneer Bar. Home Port Eatery in walking distance on Lincoln Street is good for lunch. The Westmark a Hotel in walking distance is the next best place for dinner. Now I am getting hungry, need to order at Pizza Express, they deliver to the harbor.
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Hi Richard,

Here's a few photo's of the swiveling outboard bracket we got at Ken's Marine in Terrace, BC. with a Lehr 9.9hp propane outboard on it. Had to put a cutting board between bracket & swimstep so it could swivel easily on something smooth. (Livingston dinghy is long gone).
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Same here!

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After 25 years as trailer-boat cruisers, it appears we will soon be wandering around in a 37 Nordic Tug. Wow- it's hard to imagine! Seems like the only thing that won't be greatly improved is that fishing, particularly salmon trolling, will be more difficult.

If you have set up such a boat for salmon trolling, how did you do it? Trolling valve? Kicker? Or do you just fish from the dinghy?

If you do fish from the tug, how did you mount downriggers? I think I've seen fabricated SS mounts for them to bolt to. Where does one get these? What do they attach to?
Richard, I just signed a purchase agreement on a 42 NT and am going to outfit it for salmon and trout fishing on the Great Lakes. I'd love to learn what worked for you (and what didn't!). My main concerns are getting to a trolling speed of 2 knots and getting enough width on the transom to mount down rigger plates and rod holders. I currently have five Canon Mag 20's and the mounting plates are 4" square, and it looks like ~2.5" of width to play with. Any other suggestions are welcome, thanks!
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Our NT42 came with Cannon Downriggers mounted on both sides of the cockpit. They seem to work well (I'm not a fisherman but have family who are fanatics).
Blue Sky also came with a troll valve that was electrically controlled; this brought the speed down from 4 knots at idle to around 2.5. For a variety of reasons we switched out the electric control to manual, which gives us infinite control from 4 knots down to 0.
One other consideration is an intercom system from the helm to the cockpit; this helps immensely.
The attached photo shows the general arrangement of the downriggers.
Conrad, how are those downriggers mounted? Can I get a closer photo? I am (hopefully) purchasing a NT 42 and would like to move my Canon downriggers over to the tug, when the time comes. Thanks!
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I'll send a number of photos, each via one post - I can't seem to post more than one at a time, presumably because the files are so big.
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I think these are all self explanatory, but don't hesitate to ask questions.
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