Electric down riggers

12/11/17 @ 7:36 PM
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bass ackwards31
bass ackwards31
USER since 1/18/17

Looking to buy electric down riggers for next season. What does everyone suggest for which ones to buy? 

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3/8/18 @ 8:54 AM
MuskyHunter
MuskyHunter
USER since 6/17/01

I used to run mans, now I have electric and I will not go back! Big Jon all the way.

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1/20/18 @ 8:04 PM
Fishlaw007
Fishlaw007
USER since 12/30/14

Traxtech is the one you want, if you can afford them--they are pricey.  I upgraded from manual to electric a few years ago.  I wanted to be able to fish down to 450', and most riggers will not handle the necessary weight.   I had traxtech add 500' of cable to the one I bought. To fish deep I use a 24# weight and the rigger handles it.  It has a lighted screen which is great for night fishing.  It has a jigging function.  You can drop the ball to the depth you want and then tell it to raise the ball between 1 and 10 feet and keep it raised for 1-10 minutes.  Then it lowers it back down until another time interval passes and raises it up again.  Every part of the unit is machined metal--no plastic except the control panel.

For a second, cheaper, rigger with max depth of 150', I looked at everything else on the market.  I rejected Scotty because they use a rubber belt for the drive system.  The cheaper Cannons all have plastic spools on them.  I had a manual Big Jon which snapped the boom off in rough water, so I did not consider them.  I ended up buying a Walker.  The Walker works alright, although it is a bit clunky.  It sounds like a child's big wheel when the spool turns. The thing that bothers me the most about the Walker is that you have to crimp magnets on the cable to trip the automatic shut off when the ball is retrieved. Since the shallower rigger is the one which carries the subtroll probe, I worried that the shut off might fail, pull the rig out of the water, break the cable and send the subtroll probe to the bottom.  That has not happened, but I am always close to the Walker when it retrieves the weight in case it goes wrong.  Having to stay close to the rigger while it is working somewhat defeats the point of having an automatic raise function.

I intend to replace the Walker with another traxtech this year.

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1/13/18 @ 2:32 PM
bass ackwards31
bass ackwards31
USER since 1/18/17

Slammertime sent you a message 

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1/4/18 @ 4:50 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

Ah, Touche!

All in jest.

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1/4/18 @ 4:02 PM
bass ackwards31
bass ackwards31
USER since 1/18/17

Bugletrout that’s a bit different of an argument. I can still get to 100fow with manuals or electrics but I can’t shoot my compound at 100 yards like a crossbow. I don’t see the relationship there lol

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1/4/18 @ 1:44 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

Interesting that there aren't any purist calling electric downrigger users Nancies and Sally's for not doing it the hard way.  Guess that only happens on the Archery Forum. LOL!

Yank!

Edited on 1/4/18 1:49 PM
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1/4/18 @ 10:04 AM
bass ackwards31
bass ackwards31
USER since 1/18/17

Slammertime I am very interested. I’ll shoot you a message 

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1/3/18 @ 11:52 AM
slammertime1
slammertime1
USER since 1/14/15

If your interested I have 2 mag 10s that have not seen much use for sale. Asking 500.00 for both. A friend of mine bought them but never had time to get out much.

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1/2/18 @ 6:14 PM
Annes Regret
Annes Regret
MEMBER since 7/7/11
Big Jon's.

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12/14/17 @ 5:25 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04
I think upgrading from manual downriggers to electric downriggers is the last thing any fishermen should do.  that is basically a sign you have completed quest to have all toys because they do nothing to help you catch fish and are expensive.         

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