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Tom Byrum posted 04-27-2000 10:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tom Byrum   Send Email to Tom Byrum  
I'm looking to put some downriggers on my 18' outrage and need some advice on which brand is the best and also any installation tips.
Louie Kokinis posted 04-28-2000 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
I have always had Scotty's. Lifetime guarantee, and they honor it. I've installed the 48" with the swivel mounts, use them with 15 pound cannon balls every weekend - year round.


PS Electrics are worth the extra $'s

kent posted 04-28-2000 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
I would agree with Louie. I have used Scotty downriggers and rod holders for years. I think that they are great.
Patrick posted 04-28-2000 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Patrick  Send Email to Patrick     
Agree! Scotty's are nice, and I would buy them again. Buy electrics, manuals are really difficult to set-up if you are alone in the boat. Swivel mounts on the long 48" booms are essential.

Cannon makes a nice model that can be linked to some brands of electronics so that depth can be adjusted to be in the 'zone.'

dave_maggio posted 04-28-2000 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for dave_maggio  Send Email to dave_maggio     
In my time fishing great lakes trout and salmon I have had the opportunity to use many different brands of downriggers. The best in my opinion is Cannon. They are durable, easy to find parts for, simple to fix and they have very few exposed parts to catch a shirt on or cut a hand. Everyone else is absolutely right, buy the electrics. It can get to be a real drag cranking up the manuals from 70 or 80 feet all day. There is one feature that I would say is a must. It stops the motor when the downrigger ball hits the surface. Without this feature, you hit the up button and the ball comes all the way up to the end of the arm, dangles in the breeze and pops off. Good luck, Dave
Ed Stone posted 04-28-2000 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Tom,
On mounting those down riggers,I use the Gimbal mounts.In my opinon they have too much play.If I had a flat area on the gunnels I would have attached the mounting plate directly.Swivel bases and 48 inch adjustable booms are the ticket. I think scotty's have come out with even a longer boom.On the previous forum larry had some interesting stories about downriggers.
Good luck

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