Cannon Lake-Troll details:
These are great value manual Downriggers for Lakes. I bought a pair and used them recently. The biggest complaint I read from reviews was the depth counter on the boom and inability to calibrate. I recently did some trolling with these and had no issue with the depth counters. They reported depths accurately. Upon retrieval, I would occasionally have to roll the counters slightly back to zero by turning the wheel on the boom. It was not hard to re-calibrate at all. My only complaint is the rod holder requires a wrench to adjust (unless you want to leave them on the looser side). I use my boat’s rod holders anyways to keep the rods pointed straight back rather than off at a 90. Great downriggers. For as often as I fish with downriggers, these are very cost effective. If I trolled more often, I would certainly consider the uni-trolls for the adjustable rod holder and higher retrieval rate.
Used this down-rigger yesterday. After never using a down-rigger, Learning how to use it was pretty easy. I highly recommend this for a new user and for the experience fisherman, lady.
This down rigger would gotten 5 stars if not for the fact that Cannon changed the depth counter from the top to the end if the boom which is a ridiculous design! Hard to read. I will send a complaint to Cannon regarding that. Otherwise it worked great. This is mounted to a 12 ft Valco.
love my cannon manual downriggers! i wasn’t sure how i would like the line counter off the end but they have worked flawlessly so far
Product arrived as described. I have not mounted it in my boat yet but it seems just right for a 16 ft. Lund that serves no other purpose than to get fish. Putting the Downrigger together wasn’t too bad, if you can read directions you will have it together in about 20 minutes. I have no doubt this will give me years of service and Lake Trout and Kokanee.
I used this on some Canadian lakes last week. Trolled at an average of 70 feet and all seemed fine. It certainly brought fish in the boat better than the 3 way swivel. There is a bit of vibration noise traveling through the unit when trolling faster and that is why I gave it 4 stars.
I bought 2 of these for trout fishing in the summer. they work really well. I converted mine to high speed models so they come up faster. all in all, works great for the price.
Cannon Lake-Troll FAQs:
Does this downrigger have a depth counter?
Yes! There is a depth counter swivel head that relays the cable at the end of the boom to lower the weight, and provides information as to how much cable you have run out, enabling you to choose your trolling depth.
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Cannon Lake-Troll Reviews:
Worth checking out
I run this downrigger on a 16′ old town canoe. The instructions are easy to understand and assembly is quite easy. I am very cautious about lowering the weight, and try not to rely entirely upon the clutch system to let out wire. The downrigger ball which came with the kit is a 10lb cannonball weight, which is too heavy for my canoe. I switched to a 4 lb weight. I would give this downrigger 5 stars, but for the lack of a line counter reset. The only way to keep track of line out is to to measure out the line out from its original position, instead of zero.
The down rigger itself works very well but the alligator release is poorly constructed. Broke apart on the third hit from a fish.
Good Manual Rigger
The rigger / mounting system is great for sure. If you want a counter – make sure you buy the after-market line counter that mounts directly on the spool of the downrigger. The counter on the end of the boom is terrible and completely useless – it can’t be reset, and if the line slides too fast through the counter, you’ll be off by 15 feet by the end of your first fishing trip.
Great for the Novice
This is easy to set up, install and use. The line counter isn’t great, but I just use my Helix 9 G2 DI to determine where the ball is at.