I am having trouble with search function, so I apologize if this has been covered hundreds of times in the past.... My boat's hydraulics were stripped before I bought it, and I don't have much room for hydraulic gurdies with my current deck configuration until I build a hayrack. In the meantime, I am considering trying to rig manual gurdies so that I can try salmon trolling (I'm currently rigged for albacore trolling with handlines).
I have the original davits from the prior hydraulic system; will these work okay with the addition of gurdies (someone told me that hand-troll davits usually have a longer reach, but I've never actually seen a hand-troller here in Oregon)?
Can anyone recommend a supplier for a reasonably inexpensive yet functional manual gurdy? The only ones I can find on line are Kohlstrands, and they are out of stock / back-ordered at the only NW supplier that shows them on their website. Plus, they are more expensive than I would like to spend knowing that I could put that money toward hydraulics next year.
Could I get away with tearing the reels off of a set of Cannon downriggers, or will I need to use more weight than they could handle? How much weight is required on a hand-troll setup?
Can I run multiple lines per side, or am I limited to one per davit? Can I use my trolling poles to spread them, or should I just stay simple by dropping them straight down from the davits?
Finally, would this severley limit my productivity compared to hydraulics? I know it will be a workout, but can I catch 10-20 chinook per day using a couple of hand gurdies?
Thank for any input.