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  1. John, appreciate it! Here are a couple more options I've found: https://waveproshock.com/ http://www.springfieldgrp.com/products/4-series/4-pedestals/4-ez-ride-pedestal
  2. Very cool, appreciate it Leadhead, will check it out!
  3. Hey all, I'm looking to upgrade my captain chair pedestal to provide some sort of shock absorption. A couple of rough days earlier this year has sent my surgically repaired back into pain mode again. Anyone have a seat they really like? Thanks!
  4. Going to try 49 strand (7 x 7) stainless steel wire. I had read in some other posts I saw that people had switched from the Cannon 7 strand to 49. I found this product on ebay (from Australia lol) and bought it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/323970070042. 98kg equates to 216 lb test which is 66 lb better rating than Cannon's wire and the diameter is very similar, only 0.004 bigger. It still goes through the Cannon terminators with a little help and the line counter should still be accurate. The 49 strand wire seems much easier to work with -- it doesn't have nowhere near the stiff "memory" of the 7 strand which can really tangle, twist, and kink easily. I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs. If this doesn't work well, I suppose I will try braid like many have started using. The Malin wire company out of Cleveland also makes 49 strand but I was having trouble finding a diameter that was that close to the original cannon wire.
  5. Appreciate your efforts Yankee -- you're a good man. I will be sure to pay closer attention to the how the line is winding. Crazy there isn't some sort of level-wind guide on these... hopefully they will incorporate into future designs. What made you switch to braid? Any problems with fleas?
  6. Do you guys still buy the line counter version of the reels for your downrigger rods? That's all I've ever bought because the price isn't much different, but I may pick up a couple non-line counter Tekotas to use on the riggers. Only thing I don't like about them is how far the line counter sticks out which can get in the way a bit while reeling for people who aren't used to them and it makes the below deck storage on my boat a little challenging.
  7. Wire on 1500$ downriggers shouldn't snap that easy... it's ridiculous. They need to address the problem that so many are experiencing. Google it -- this isn't a couple incidents with newbies. Step 1 would be for Cannon to acknowledge there is a problem, which it appears based on my experience with them, they aren't really good at listening. Step 2 would be to start equipping these powerful modern downriggers with cable that can actually handle the routine stresses they face out on the lake. The cable is probably the cheapest component and they are using the same stuff from the manual crank days. It's like putting donut spare tires on a Ferrari.
  8. Pappy, what cable did you go with, are you happy with it?
  9. I’m glad they at least sent you new cable, they didn’t even offer to that for me. I’m not happy Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. Totally agree - for whatever reason it seems they haven’t improved their cable and these motors get more and more powerful Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/323970070042 Bought this stuff... seems very nice. 216lb test and only ~.004 bigger in diameter, still goes through terminator with a little help. Much more supple and less prone to kink. Looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks Cannon for all your help lol Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Yes!!!!!!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. Cannon terminator Swivel snap ——> Blacks release ——> Fish Hawk ——> snubber swivel snap ———> snubber ———> snubber swivel snap ——-> ball. Same on other side but without the fish hawk. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Yep, i kept saying that it seemed that auto up was fixed at 5, but Cannon customer service insisted differently, I must drawn the new guy! I’m running them 45 degrees off the back corners. Could have something to do with spooling to the side, especially on my first two losses. I’ve tried to use the hook as a guide but I haven’t mastered that technique yet. If I see it building up on one side, I use my hand to manually guide it over until even while going up slowly. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. Thank you sir! The last time it snapped, I simply hit the auto up button and it broke. Big wave may have created a little slack in the line right before I hit the button. This was with only a 12lb ball and I had a snubber on. I was not on the bottom. The line was frayed where it snapped somewhere above the cannon terminator, it definitely was not from a bad termination. Bye bye fish hawk #2. Fish Hawk #1 was lost when the ball bounced slightly out of the water a bit in rough seas (15lb shark). Another time, I got hung up on bottom my fault. The other time, I can't even remember, I was too pissed. I'm scared to run 15lb anymore, and I'm using snubbers to absorb any kind of shock. Also, I've slowed down the motor to "2" but it seems like the auto-up still is super fast. I've inspected the whole line for kinks and I'm careful not to let it spool up on one side. Maybe I got a bad batch of cable -- just seems it's WAY to snappy! I just don't have faith in their cable anymore and I just can't afford any more breaks. I'm going to try 49 strand wire next season perhaps. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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