Best Manual Downriggers

Best Manual Downriggers 2020

Cannon Uni-Troll 5

Cannon Uni-Troll 5

Cannon Uni-Troll 5 takes command of controlled depth fishing when you equip your boat with a Uni-Troll downrigger. Features a 2:1 retrieval speed, three digit depth counter, and a 24” stainless steel boom. A lot of people tend to think that a downrigger is only suited for a large boat trolling offshore and a large body of water. When in fact a downrigger can also be an incredibly effective tool or a smaller boat fishing in smaller inland lakes. Anytime you’re targeting a species of fish that’s suspended in the water column, the downrigger is the perfect tool. For a smaller boat setup a manual downrigger is ideal. It’s got a very small footprint, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room on the stern and it’s also very lightweight, so it’s easy to add or remove depending on if you’re going to use the downrigger or not. The Cannon Uni-Troll 5 model which is the most advanced manual downrigger on the water. Now, I want to tell you about some of the innovative features that make this such an effective fishing tool. The first thing we have to do when fishing with the downrigger is get our line …

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Big Jon Captain’s Pak Manual Siderigger

Big Jon Captain’s Pak Manual Siderigger 1

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 …

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Scotty 1073 Laketroller

Scotty 1073 Laketroller 2

The unit is well-built and provides sturdy enough support for a 3-4 lb. weight. The holder can be mounted sideways against the gunnel just like Scotty’s popular rod holders, so it is very convenient. However, if you have an aluminum boat and mount directly to the side, the motor vibrations can transfer directly down the cable and create a strange buzzing noise. I had no problems with the braking. In fact, you can tighten the nut just enough to hold the weight while still keeping it loose enough to crank up or down. The biggest drawback on this unit is the large drag angle resulting from the small weight. At 2.5 mph I had a hard time getting the ball to ride below 12-16 feet (as seen on my depth finder). The water friction and lure friction just want to push the weight up and you can easily see the cable angle expand as you lower the weight or pull a heavier lure. Sometimes the weight would drag too far behind the boat and would disappear from the fish finder. Light, lip less lures performed the best, but you need to keep them close to the line release. I think …

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Cannon Lake-Troll

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Cannon Lake-Troll 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 salmon 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 manual downriggers. For as often as I fish with manual 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 the Cannon Lake-Troll manual downrigger yesterday. After never using a downrigger, Learning how to use it was pretty easy. I highly recommend this for a new user and for the experience fisherman, lady. The Cannon Lake-Troll …

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Cannon Easi-Troll ST

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Looked at many different downriggers and decided to go with the Easi-Troll ST and have zero regrets after several fishing trips with them. If I was getting picky, I wish Cannon would give you the option to buy the swivel base as standard instead of the standard mount it comes with. As a whole, I don’t know that you can do better for the price. Have used this a couple of times primarily for wahoo that run deeper than most saltwater fish. The unit was easy to mount to the rail of the boat and is very sturdy. I’m using a 6 lb weight and will probably upgrade to a 10 lb as the blow-back is very noticeable when trolling at 7 to 12 knots. Carbon/plastic should stand up to the sun and salt well. Easy to operate with one hand and very clear depth counter to show how much cable is out. Don’t think you will be disappointed with this purchase. Downrigger works great for Canadian lake trout. I had never used these before, so there was a bit of a learning curve. Once I figured out a system it’s a piece of cake. Definitely recommend. A good heavy …

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Scotty 1050-MP Masterpack

Scotty 1050-MP Masterpack 5

This is the best portable downrigger on the market. It mounts easily to the rail on the back of the boat and works great! Perfect size for my skiff. With the mount included I have no worries about it falling overboard. Works great! Was the combo I needed, works great, and was priced right. Works fine! 1st mine did come complete with clamp and rod holder. I needed light, compact, versatile, rugged and quick detach. Specifically for a motorized 16 ft canoe targeting lake trout down to 80 feet. The design of this unit allows mounting close to the center line of a canoe using a modified thwart. The horizontal spool allows either side use controlled from fore or aft. The result is 2 people can stack releases and troll deep out of a canoe hassle free. Heads up to Kayak users. With a base mounting point this should work on a Yak. Very useful on those NO MOTOR lakes. Slick working unit. Scotty 1050 Depthmaster Masterpack includes an adjustable, boom-mounted Rod Master II Rod Holder and is rigged with a Quick-slide 1010 deck mounting bracket and a portable #1021 Clamp Mount. Features include a 23 inch, 3/4 inch in …

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Scotty 1085 Strongarm

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Bought this and added it to the fishing gear arsenal on my boat. Works great!! Had it out the other day! I was using a 6 lb weight (sold separately) and bought the 9″ gimble mount for it (also sold separately) and it was perfect! Best price anywhere, super! Does this come with any type of mounting bracket? No, just a piece that mounts on your bracket for attaching downrigger. I use gimble mounts. Just purchased a swivel mount for gimble on side of boat with kicker. Have 2 30″ downriggers on an Arima. Need swivel mount for kicker side for adequate engine clearance. Scotty Manual Downriggers include an automatic brake with the most disk brake surface on the market. In the event of a bottom hang-up, it will pay-out to avoid losing gear. A high speed one foot per turn spool coupled with the extra leverage extension handles makes cranking a breeze. Fully adjustable rod holders. Strong stainless steel boom. Fully adjustable descent speed – 5 ft/min to over 300 ft/min. Spray-protected, positive-drive depth counter.

Cannon Uni-Troll 10

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Cannon Uni-Troll 10 is the best line of manual downriggers and the model that I have here is the Cannon Uni-Troll 10 A couple of the key features about this is number one, the retrieve rate is incredibly fast and efficient. This has a two to one retrieve rate which means every time I crank the handle I’m retrieving two feet of cables. Now for anyone who’s ever fished with a Cannon downrigger, especially a manual Cannon downrigger knows that when you get a strike it’s incredibly important to get your cable and your weight out of the water as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t interfere with your fishing line. So with the Cannon Uni-Troll 10 all I have to do is turn the crank candle every time I turn it it retrieves two feet of line gets the weight and the cable out of the water as quickly as possible. The next thing I want to talk to you about is our deploy mechanism We have a one-hand clutch deploy mechanism. This means that I can drop the way down to an exact depth be very accurate and still only use one hand so I can be …

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Scotty 1091 Longarm

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This downrigger seems to be well built. Materials seem sturdy and build quality is good. The only thing I wasn’t happy about was the packaging. Item was shipped in its box which had damage. Fortunately the downriggers itself showed no damage. Came with mounting hardware easy to install – works great. Scotty Manual Downriggers include an automatic brake with the most disk brake surface on the market. In the event of a bottom hang-up, it will pay-out to avoid losing gear. A high speed one foot per turn spool coupled with the extra leverage extension handles makes cranking a breeze. Fully adjustable rod holders. Strong stainless steel boom. Fully adjustable descent speed – 5 ft/min to over 300 ft/min. Spray-protected, positive-drive depth counter.

Cannon Uni-Troll 10 TS

Cannon Uni-Troll 10 TS 9

The Cannon Uni-Troll 10 TS Tournament Series Downrigger lets you take command of controlled depth fishing. Equip your boat with a Cannon Uni-Troll 10 TS downrigger and take advantage of an innovative design that lets you pull your lines back in with less cranking effort and One-Hand Clutch Deploy for simple precise bait positioning. Built with a 2:1 retrieval speed, corrosion-resistant construction and a stainless steel spool. Take command of controlled depth fishing when you equip your boat with a Cannon manual downrigger. Perfect for smaller boats, each one allows for quick line retrieval and precise bait positioning. FAST RETRIEVAL SPEED: Less cranking, faster retrieval. That’s what you get on Uni-Troll, which has a 2:1 retrieval rate. Get your lines back out quickly thanks to fast, effortless weight retrieval. CONTROLLED WEIGHT DESCENT: Precisely position your bait with controlled descent, thanks to the unique One-Hand Clutch Deploy mechanism on all of our manual downriggers. DUAL AXIS ROD HOLDER: Make quick, one-handed angle adjustments, and enjoy easy vertical positioning and full 360˚ rotation. Our unbeatable rod holder comes standard on every Uni-Troll downrigger. ENCLOSED BOOM END: We enclosed the boom end pulley on our Uni-Troll models to prevent line jumps – giving …

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Cannon Mini-Troll

Cannon Mini-Troll 10

The Cannon Mini-Troll features a compact downrigger design, which is ideal for use on pontoon boats, canoes, bass boats, and smaller fishing boats. It comes with a horizontal reel/brake, 100 percent of stainless steel downrigger cable, and a swivel-head depth counter. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Cannon Mini-Troll Features: – Horizontal Reel/Brake – For quick adjustments and control of your baits positioning. – Swivel-Head Dial Depth Counter – Know exactly where your weights are with the easy to read depth counter at the end of your boom. – 1:1 Retrieval Rate – Helps get your lines out of the water easily. – Composite Boom – 12″ – Composite Spool – Comes pre-spooled with 100′ of 135 lb of stainless steel cable. – Includes – Clamp Mount Base, line terminator, and manual crank handle. Mounting The Cannon Mini-troll To Your Boat Depending on boat application, the spacer block (supplied) may be required. To attach the spacer block to the main frame, simply slide the dovetail shaped tab of the block into the matching recess in the frame. Make sure that the holes in the block face down. Cannon Mini-Troll Transom Mount Depending on transom width, a wood block may be …

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