Big Jon Captain's Pak Manual Review
- no plastic
- solid aluminum
- tilts up
- heavy duty rod holder
- one hand operation
- no cannon ball holder
I looked at the others too much plastic ,this is all solid aluminum except the round wire spool it is very heavy abs plastic, and i like that it comes with swivel base and also tilts up making it easy to use in the boat and swing out of the way when not using it . big jon makes the best rod holder very heavy duty and adjustable without tools, most of the others rod holder are a sad joke. the spool takes up 2 feet with every turn. i like being able to make it any length 2-3 -4 ft boom, would have been nicer if it came with a cannon ball holder on the base. very heavy duty will look really good on the boat.
I have a couple of different downriggers and the Big Jon Captains Pak Manual Siderigger is far and away the best. The solid aluminum construction and easy to use features make it my favorite. It is much simpler to use than any other downrigger. The one hand operation is easy to get used to. Installation is easy with all the hardware you need except the through hull mounting bolts. Only problem I have with it is I want another one to replace my plastic one form another manufacturer mounted on the other side of the boat.