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roofer posted 03-27-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for roofer   Send Email to roofer  
I have a 2000 18ft outrage. I live in southwestern Michigan. I want to use the boat to fish in Lake Michigan this summer for Lake trout, Coho, ect. I need to get my lures down 30-70 ft. I was looking at putting 2 manual Downriggers, maybe a Penn on my boat. any suggestions on wether this is a good down rigger, are this issue with put these on my boat. Any other comments or suggestions are welcome, I have previously only fished in inland lakes in Canada and in streams, so big lake fishing will be new to me. Any Help?
Dick posted 03-27-2002 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I use Scotty longarm manuals on my boat and like them better than Penn. Besides Penn has been in and out of business. Are they here to stay this time?
Tom W Clark posted 03-27-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Scotty Strongarm, manual or electric. No aluminum, simple and robust. Simply the best.
Dick posted 03-27-2002 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Here is a link to Scotty.

I have the telescoping models on swivel bases and rail mounts for my Montauk.


Tsuriki BW posted 03-27-2002 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

If you can afford it, for for electrics. If you do a lot of downrigger fishing, or plan on doing so, the electrics are such a joy to fish with. You can concentrate on the fish, not trying to get the downrigger lines out of the water. (saves your arms for fighting the fish).

I personally use Scotty's and love them, but I am more an advocate of electric downriggers than any one particular brand. Give it some thought.


Jerry Townsend posted 03-27-2002 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I have used two Canon manual downriggers for some 20 years without any problem - however, on my last trip to British Columbia, I noticed the majority of the professional guides were using Scotty electric units. They are nice!

A side issue - I was most reluctant to drill many holes in the gunwales. Consequently, I built contoured downrigger mounting "clamps" out of 1/4" stainless steel. These are 5-5/16 in. wide and are contoured around the gunwale resting on top of the gunwale and clamped (nothing protrudes into the cockpit) to the vertical side of the gunwale. All stainless surfaces adjacent to the gunwale were lined with rubber to protect the gelcoat. The result - good, solid downrigger mounts that are easily moveable or removed as desired. The load is distributed over a large section of the gunwale which results in a very low stress level and without any holes in the gunwale. Let me know if you want additional information. ----- Jerry/Idaho

roofer posted 03-28-2002 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for roofer  Send Email to roofer     
thanks for all of your comments this will help termendously. I will look at these scotty downriggers. I will most likely make a choice in the next two weeks. Thanks again this is really helpful.
roofer posted 04-04-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for roofer  Send Email to roofer     
I ordered two scotty downriggers today, one is electric (it also has duel line hookups)the other manual both have extendible booms, I also bought swivel bases, and my mounts are just pools with a flat top that I can insert into the rod holders along the side of the boat.

Thanks to those of you that responded and helped me with this.

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