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I purchased my original mini troll well over ten years ago and have purchased two since so that my boys can now downrigger for trout with me. We use them off a 16ft alumicraft and just attach them to the sides. I really like them and was not able to find one this size that seemed better. I use them to get down about 50 ft on average. Yes, my son did loosen the hold to the point where it came off and went to the bottom of the lake. I wish they would design around this but it has only happened once.
This unit is a replacement for one that went overboard. Looking forward to using it. I am going to attach a safety line to it this time.
We’ll made out of strong plastic. You will need to make some blocks of wood for thin hulled aluminum boats or it won’t stay in place. I used a piece of 1×4.
I have used this downrigger for trout and kokanee and it fits perfect on my pontoon boat. No problems so far, I use the 4 lb cannon weight and take good care of it. The only downside is that the wire slips from time to time when reeling it back up but it’s really not that bad. Cheap, easy and catches me fish!
I think the bad reviews come from people going for big saltwater fish with these putting like 8# balls on them. If you are going for lake trout on a rental boat this is what you want. I have two and the work great.
This was a gift. so I dont know how they liked it but we loved giving it.
Love it, does what I need and is out of the way when I don’t need it. Use a 3″ x 3″ x 3/4″ square of wood for the fastening bolt to tighten up against (keeps you from scratching the inside of your gunnel and fills the gap).
As others have noted, the depth counter doesn’t really work worth a darn, but the basic set-up is good, and for a small rowboat or kayak this is probably the best practical way of downrigging. Attaching it to a kayak takes a little thought in where and what to attach it to, but it can be done with a scrapsof wood and some simple fabrication.
Very happy with the mini-troll. I have a small boat that I keep docked. Needed a quick and easy downrigger that I can attach and remove for safe keeping.
Bought this portable because I didn’t want to drill more holes in my boat. This works great on the transom, is out of the way and low profile. The counter is not exactly accurate so I use a line counter just to make sure. Not sure how you would break this unit, it is very durable.
I’ve had 2 of these for 2 years now and can safely say that they are great for the person who doesn’t need a large, fixed Downrigger. Why didn’t I mention it just for portable use? Easy. These are great, versatile downriggers. They are tough, easy and will help you catch fish.
I use this to catch landlocked salmon, trout and other fish. I just got back from Maine where I boated 35 salmon and without this Downrigger I wouldn’t have caught any of the larger fish caught.
Tips: For any aluminum boat or thin walled boat it’s best to use a 1×2 inch piece of wood to minimize the thinness of the boat. Whether its a Downrigger or pole holder I would highly recommend doing this as it increases the grip to the boat.
Use a fish finder or depth finder as lakes bottoms can change quickly and you may lose a Downrigger if you snag the bottom.
BTW The reviewer who said that his broke. I’m not sure how you break these unless you damage them beforehand or they are damaged in transit. There is no way these are breaking in normal wear for a long time. Mine still look new.
In short, if you are looking for a great portable Downrigger for most fishing situations…this is the product.
I purchased my down-rigger last year for a fishing trip to a lake in Canada. It worked fine. It felt a little wobbly, but after a little practice and always making sure it was snugly attached to the boat, it worked fine. I did add a small wood block between the boat and the clamp to better secure the down-rigger. I eventually used it to down rig two poles and caught fish at both levels. I used an 8-pound weight and managed to troll it into the ground once or twice and there was no problem — it has a “controlled” drag based on how tight you secure the screw. For the money it works great. I plan on buying another this year to run one on each side of the boat. I recommended it to other friends IF they want to keep the cost down and don’t plan on making a living with this. If you’re going to go fishing once, twice etc -buy it otherwise double (or more) the cost and get a longer term investment.
Cannon Mini-Troll FAQs:
How does the rod holder attach to the Cannon Mini-Troll downrigger?
Attaches to the top. You will need the Mini-Troll Accessory Kit from Cannon.
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Cannon Mini-Troll Reviews:
Does the Job
Bought one of these for my 14 footer i use mostly for trolling for trout. It works pretty good but getting the clamp to attach flush was an issue with the trim and shape of the boat. Have used it for 1 season now and am very happy with the purchase.
Pros – Easy to take off and put on. Affordable.
Decent low cost small boat downrigger
if you have something like a 12 to 16 ft aluminum fishing boat this is perfect. Anything bigger or fancy get a bigger down rigger. the line counter works good that is the only perk on it. Overall this is nothing fancy but it works. I use a 6lb ball with it no issues up and down easy. Short money and it is catching lake trout – that’s what I wanted. I’m going out a 4th time with it this weekend.
oh you will see reviews of whistling line – yup it whistles – not a big deal.
Pros – line counter works fine, spot on. (who wants to count to 60 cracks to say you are at 60 feet! thats crazy get some with a line counter!) easy clamp on mount. you can mount your own rod holder on this out of 12 inches of pvc and 2 2 in bolts.
Cons – you do have to be careful loosing the tightening built if your not holding the crank knob the ball drops at free fall speed. nothing crazy – just pay attention and you will be good.