I tried a 200’ dive yesterday and had a heck of a time managing the tether drag. It was calm but the boat was free drifting so that movement didn’t help. I have read previous discussions for a drop or clump weight and want to rig something up. Anchoring would be an option and the rode would give you a visual reference to follow to the bottom which might be nice.
I am thinking the easiest option would be a 4lb weight attached to a fishing rod with a carabiner to run the tether through. I think it would be good to do a short length of light fishing line or a downrigger clip so the tether could be broken away if needed. Plan to keep the weight well off the bottom to avoid snagging something.
Any other thoughts on managing tether drag would be appreciated. Very curious in seeing what’s in the deep. Yesterday I saw shrimp, sea pens, lots of a long skinny pink fish I haven’t identified yet, flounder and the sea bed was filled with holes from some creature. Unfortunately the video was horribly shaky due to fighting the tether, but I will try to capture some video stills to post.
Merry Christmas! Trident’s the best present of the season, even if I bought it myself