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Bullbay posted 01-03-2001 08:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bullbay   Send Email to Bullbay  
What is the best way to mount downriggers on a Montauk? Also who is the best supplier for downriggers for a Montauk? We can go through the gunnel on our Revenge but can't figure out the best way to mount a downrigger on a Montauk.
minh nguyen posted 01-03-2001 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for minh nguyen  Send Email to minh nguyen     
In this area (San Francisco Bay) Boston Whaler is very popular and I've seen guys just mount a piece of 2x4 across the rail then you can mount the down rigger on it, this piece of wood has two advanges: 1) It
makes less stress on the rail, 2)You have
something to lean against when fighting the fish in the back.
I also seen some boats use a 90 degree bracket from Scotty.
Ed Stone posted 01-03-2001 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Maybe a gimbal mount that fits in your rod
holder.I know cannon and scottys carry gimbal
Ed Stone
Dick posted 01-03-2001 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have Scotty downriggers on my Montauk and use the Scotty rail mounts. They work great and no excess stess on the rails. It only takes minutes to install or remove them and nothing left installed on the boat when they are off.
Give me an email address and I will send you a picture.
Dick posted 01-03-2001 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Spaced the fact that your email was on the message. The picture has been sent.
andygere posted 01-04-2001 01:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Dick, would you please e-mail me a pic of your downrigger set up as well?


Dick posted 01-04-2001 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I will take a few more pics showing more of the mounting detail when the sun comes out again.
dgp posted 01-04-2001 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Dick, please email me your photos also, thanks, Don
alvispollard posted 01-04-2001 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
I use a scotty downrigger on my montauk. It is rail mounted with a 1" X 6" wood insert that is about 18" long. It takes almost all the pressure off the rail and places it on the ridged fiberglass. This is mounted beside the reversible seat easily accessible to the pilot so person fishing is only concerned with boating his fish. The telescoping boom keeps the wire free of the motor. I have used this downrigger for 8 years and have caught more king mackeral on it than the other two rods combined. Well worth the time and effort of adding for the serious fisherman. 2' per turn scotty makes an electric downrigger a waste of money and just something that can go wrong. KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid philosophy of a montauk is not violated. Highly recommend this setup.
Alvis Pollard
dgp posted 01-04-2001 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Dick, thanks for the photo. That's the one that should be on the Scotty web site showing their rail mount.
That rear seat in the Montauk looks real stylish but takes up too much cockpit space.
I also have a 50HP four stroke on my Monuauk and think it performs great. Don
whalernut posted 01-04-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dick, would you e-mail me some pics of you`re downrigger setup, please. Regards-Jack Graner. Thank you.
whalertim posted 01-04-2001 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Dick, I would also like to see the pics if I could .
Thanks, Whalertim NC
Dick posted 01-04-2001 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Thanks for the compliment.
The stern seat is classy and does take up a bit of cockpit space, but it sure makes the wife happy. So I can live with a smaller cockpit.
Bullbay posted 01-04-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
I appreciate all the help. I am going with the Scotty rail mount that Dick has.I did not want to drill holes. I am looking forward to the great trout fishing in Lake Joccasse. Thanks again.
Dick posted 01-04-2001 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Good choice. I think you will be happy. I did make one mod of my own and will take a detailed pic and send it to you.
Macman posted 01-04-2001 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
Dick, could you e-mail me one of those pictures as well? I am interested in a downrigger for my Montauk... I had posted a previous inquiry, got some good advice, and the picture would really help.
Arch Autenreith posted 01-05-2001 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
minh nguyen, Dick, alvispollard, et all.
I'm going to do the very same thing(s) on my Montauk this spring. I sure would appreciate it if you would forward the pics to me also. Maybe jimh would post them on Cetacea? Thanks.
sr posted 01-07-2001 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
I have scotty electrics mounted. I utilized the 4 stern seat sockets (seat removed) and mounted a 2x8 teak board across the stern (using two extra perko tabs w/ thumbscrews), to this I thru bolted 2 sections of municipal waterpipe topped with rounds of teak that the downrigger bases are affixed to. I developed this to get the booms over the rail, but maintain a low, rigid mounting point. The area between the pipe os a good bait station/ tackle area, off the floor.
lhg posted 01-07-2001 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Helm Industries, Inc in Chicago makes an aluminium L-shaped bracket, with two of their plastic thumb screw rail clamps attached, that mounts any brand downrigger on the side rails, straddling the vertical stantion for support. Each leg of the bracket is 4" x 4" with holes drilled for standard downrigger attachment. Whole unit comes off the rail in about 30 seconds. No holes to drill anywhere. West Marine can order these for you. I used these for years on my Nauset, fishing with 10lb weights.

The Scotty unit could be similar to this idea.

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