Cannon Uni-Troll 5 details:
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 set.
And there’s features built into the Cannon Uni-Troll 5 that are our design specifically for this. For example, we have a dual axis rod holder which allows us to perfectly set our fishing rod. In addition, we have a 360 degree swivel base, which gives us more flexibility for a better trolling spread.
It also have an extendable boom, which keeps our fishing lines farther away from the side of the boat. This is incredibly important especially for a smaller boat setup because it allows us to cover more water. Now that our lines are set we can lower the weight. And Cannon Uni-Troll 5, we have what’s called one hand clutch deploy.
So with one hand all you have to do is back off on the clutch a little bit. Cannon Uni-Troll 5 will slowly and precisely lower the weight into the water and you can track the depth on the three-digit depth counter. With my other hand you can control my fishing rod in my fishing line.
Once your bait is set and we’re trolling we have an enclosed boom end which keeps the downrigger cable on the pulley to prevent any accidental line jumping and tangles.
Once we get a strike and we have a fish on it’s incredibly important to get our downrigger cable out of the water as quickly as possible because what we don’t want to have happen is for our fishing line to get tangled with our downrigger cable breaks the fishing line and we lose the fish.
So for that on Cannon Uni-Troll 5, we have what we call two to one retrieve ratio. What that means is for every revolution of the handle the spool makes two revolutions. It gets our cable out of the water and half the time. So again for a smaller boat setup a manual downrigger, like our Cannon Uni-Troll 5 control is perfect.
Cannon Uni-Troll 5 features:
One-Hand Clutch Deploy – Precisely and easily position your baits with full control.
Three-Digit Depth Counter – Always know exactly where your weights are with the easy to read three-digit depth counter.
2:1 Retrieval Rate – The 2:1 retrieval rate makes getting lines out of the water fast and nearly effortless.
Stainless Steel Boom – 24″
Composite Spool – Comes pre-spooled with 200′ of 150 lb of stainless steel cable.
Dual Axis Rod Holder – Includes one (1) rear mount rod holder.
Enclosed Boom End – Prevents lines from jumping when deploying or retrieving weights.
Integrated Ball Storage Hook – No need to remove your weight at the end of the day.
Includes – Universal Mounting Base, line terminator, one (1) Uni-line releases, and ergonomic crank handle.
Operating Your Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Downrigger:
After mounting the Cannon downrigger to your boat, release some line from your rod and reel so that the lure is anywhere from 5 to 100 feet behind the boat. This is called drop back. Attach the fishing line firmly into the line release (see “Attaching the Line Release” for instructions).
Lower the weight to the desired depth as indicated on the depth meter. Place the fishing rod in the rod holder and reel up the slack so that your rod has a slight bend in it. When a fi sh strikes the lure, the line will separate from the release. Then you will be free to fight the fish and bring it in on your rod and reel.
Lowering The Weight on Your Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Downrigger:
You can lower the trolling weight at a controlled rate by turning the crank handle gently counter-clockwise (away from the boom). Depending on how far you turn, you can let your trolling weight descend as fast or as slowly as you wish.
Turn the crank handle clockwise (toward the boom) until the clutch is tight (the continuous clicking will stop and the handle will not turn forward any further). This gives you control to let it plunge rapidly or sink slowly to a predetermined trolling depth. With multiple downriggers, you could start all your weights creeping down, one at a time, and then stop them each in turn.
Raising The Weight On Your Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Downrigger:
Turn the crank handle clockwise (toward the boom) as rapidly as you desire to retrieve the trolling weight.
Adjusting The Clutch Tension On Your Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Downrigger:
The clutch is built into the crank mechanism. Turn crank handle clockwise to increase the drag and counterclockwise to reduce it.
CAUTION: Remove weight from downrigger before traveling either by water or transporting on trailer.
Adjusting The Depth Meter On Your Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Downrigger:
The Cannon Depth Meter provides non-slip accuracy, plus easy resetting. To reset, just slide the meter away from the reel until the gears are disengaged. Spin meter gear to change setting.
NOTE: Actual fishing depth may vary from depth shown on meter due to trolling speed and weight of cannon ball. (See “Blowback”)
Cannon Uni-Troll 5 FAQs:
How much does the Cannon Uni-Troll 5 weigh?
This downrigger weighs 8.5 pounds overall.
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Cannon Uni-Troll 5 Reviews:
Great set of downriggers
Ordered 2 of the Cannon Uni-Troll 5 to complement 2 white manual Cannon Uni-trolls I have had on my boat for 20 years. I wondered what the differences would be in 20 years, I knew my old versions were steel bodies and new ones are plastic.
Well, I was shocked. The newer versions ARE plastic bodies, but half the weight of the old ones. The telescopic booms allow you to spread the lines, which is great. The retrieval speed is twice as fast as my old ones and much easier with 8-10 lbs weights. The ease to remove and attach the new ones can be done in about 1-2 minutes, on my old ones, takes 5-10 minutes, so much easier.
With the two I ordered, 1 came in with some issues. The rubber band that held the cable on the spool broke and had a messy tangle. Had to cut some cable to untangle the mess. Then I seated a screw cross threaded fon the base to the swivel base that came with each unit. I was heartbroken, thought I ruined everything as I had to work on the screw and gouged the base.
One call to Cannon solved everything, I explained what happened and Cannon sent me a new base, swivel plate, screws for the base and new spool of the cable. Unbelievable customer service. Have already caught some trout and salmon on the new unit and extremely happy. Maybe next year get two more to replace the old ones and put them out to pasture. I’m spoiled with the new ones now.
Great manual downrigger
Bought a pair of these Cannon Uni-Troll 5 to put on my Tracker v-16 Pro Guide. Very impressed at how easy it is to set. Have caught several fish so far and really like the speed that I can crank the ball up out of the way as I battle the fish. The six pound balls are fine on the lakes in my area. However, I wish they came with heavier weights for bigger waterways where we fish down one hundred plus feet deep. The swivel bases make setting lines a breeze. I’m so impressed I’m thinking about adding two more to my boat.
Love fishing with it!
So helpful to get fish in deep water!
Really good manual downrigger
I have 2 of these and like them. Even at 100 ft deep, it’s not hard to reel in the weight, I use 12 lbs. I like the relative compact size, I can put both 2 in my boat storage. I use downrigger about 10 days a year so don’t feel to need an electric downrigger.
For the first time ever fishing with a downrigger, I was pleased. The only draw back was the clutch operation was very touchy. I found it easier to use my hand on the real to control the decent of the ball. Wish the clutch operation would have more control of the decent. It was either on brake or full release.
Bought this for my deep water trolling. It worked like it was made to only thing was the manual handle/drag, would just use my hand to let the cable out ! Could see the weight ball on the fishfinder so at least we could be sure how far down it was.