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Downrigger recommendations #13155689 05/16/19 01:55 AM
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I live about 15 minutes from Calaveras lake and would like to try trolling for redfish this summer. Ive never owned or used a downrigger. Does anybody have any recommendations on a decent setup that wont break the bank? Id like to get 2 if there something good thats not horribly expensive

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I have a Cannon manual downrigger I use occasionally for whites and hybrids. I think mine is their Easi-Troll ST model. Works fine for me.

http://store.cannondownriggers.com/products/610623/Easi-Troll

Figure out where and how you'll mount the downrigger's base on your boat. You might need to get a mount thats different from one supplied with unit.

Also will have to get a weight - don't think the downriggers come with one.




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If You are going to Troll just go on and bite the bullet and get Electric. I have 4 Cannons on my boat that we run in the hot summer months. You can find some good deals on Ebay

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Im not sure I can justify the cost of electric for something Ill likely only use a few time a year. Do you catch a lot more fish downrigging compared to just trolling a deep diving plug or spoon? It looks like it would be easier to keep your lure at the desired depth. I may do a guided trip just to see how they work.

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If I'm gonna troll I'll usually use the downrigger more than flat-line trolling. It's all about depth control and downriggers do that best.

Using a quality sonar unit with GPS mapping would be a big help with using a downrigger.also.




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Thanks for the advice

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Looks at the traxtech mounts from bigpapasportfishing.com
They are extremely strong and very versatile.

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Originally Posted by Whaler-170
Looks at the traxtech mounts from bigpapasportfishing.com
They are extremely strong and very versatile.


Have you used one of those without a backing plate? My boat is foam filled and doesnt have a good way to get underneath to put in a backing plate or nuts. The website says you dont need a plate if you get at least a 2 ft track, but I would like to see if anyone has actually tried it before ordering.

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Yes mine are mounted on a Boston Whaler, I drilled and tapped the mounting holes in mine and used 5200 to seal them and the track. Whaler has phenolic in certain places in the hull and probably 1/3 of my bolts are in the phenolic. I had 12 inch tracks and swapped them to 36 tracks and had a heck of a time getting the 5200 to break loose.
I love the versatility of the tracks and their rod holders and down rigger swivel mounts are are the best Ive used. I can shoot you some pics if you like.

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Originally Posted by Whaler-170
. I can shoot you some pics if you like.


That wouldve great. Id like to see them mounted.

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. I can shoot you some pics if you like.


That wouldve great. Id like to see them mounted.


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They have a starboard insert that I slide in the tracks when Im not trolling that makes a good step and a clean look.
These were my old 12 inch ones.
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I made the plunge for downriggers last year. I scoured ebay and craigslist for months looking for a good deal. Lots of manual and older units from up north out there. I got a small set of manual cannons from ebay but was never happy with them. The best deal I got was online for a set of factory remanufactured cannon Mag 5 St Electric for about 300 each (about 100 off new price). Looked brand new. Swivel mounts are a must and cost like 75 each. Electric sure is nice when you can bump a switch while your fighting a fish and get the line and weight out of the way. I would mount them far enough forward that you can see the weight on sonar and the fish. Adjust the depth accordingly. The tracks are a great idea. Keep in mind there will be several feet of blowback depending on depth and speed.


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. I can shoot you some pics if you like.


That wouldve great. Id like to see them mounted.


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Looks great. Very clean/ professional looking. Thanks

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Boomer brewer has a good point as per mounting location, sometimes Ill have to swivel mine forward or slide them forward in the tracks to keep my weights on the sonar. Respect the fish has some videos hes done on down rigging. Very informative guy.

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