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Downrigger for 18ft Outrage
|Author||Topic: Downrigger for 18ft Outrage|
posted 03-27-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 03-27-2002 04:23 PM ET (US)
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)
Scotty Strongarm, manual or electric. No aluminum, simple and robust. Simply the best.
posted 03-27-2002 07:08 PM ET (US)
Here is a link to Scotty.
I have the telescoping models on swivel bases and rail mounts for my Montauk.
posted 03-27-2002 07:09 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-27-2002 08:56 PM ET (US)
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
posted 03-28-2002 09:12 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-04-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)
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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