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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. Iíve never owned or used a downrigger. Does anybody have any recommendations on a decent setup that wonít break the bank? Iíd like to get 2 if there something good thatís not horribly expensive

Re: Downrigger recommendations [Re: SAdoc] #13156170
05/16/19 03:21 PM
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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.




Re: Downrigger recommendations [Re: SAdoc] #13156208
05/16/19 03:54 PM
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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

Re: Downrigger recommendations [Re: SAdoc] #13156796
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Iím not sure I can justify the cost of electric for something Iíll 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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05/17/19 02:59 AM
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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

Re: Downrigger recommendations [Re: SAdoc] #13159397
05/19/19 02:01 PM
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Looks at the traxtech mounts from bigpapasportfishing.com
They are extremely strong and very versatile.

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