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Billy V

Rigger of choice

What brand of Downrigger do you use?  

89 members have voted

  1. 1. What brand of Downrigger do you use?

    • Cannon
      45
    • Scotty
      25
    • Big Jon
      9
    • Walker
      3
    • Vector
      2
    • Fishlander
      1
    • Invader
      1
    • Proos
      2
    • Penn
      4


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I'm not looking to start a "my rigger is better than your rigger" thread. I'm just curious about what riggers most of us are using. Please no product bashing!

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Cannon Mag 10's came with the boat but work great for me. I have only but less that $100.00 in them for wore out parts in 10 years and have no idea how long the other dude ran them before me.

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Cannon Mag 10's and came with my boat too and have nothing bad to say about them

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I had been running fishlanders for 3-4 years, upgraded in the spring to include new triple holders and a new fishlander mast.....then they

went out of business!

Was very happy with them (rigs like Big Jon's) and liked the adjustable

rod holders....

Hoping the come back....but not looking good.....

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Scotty. Made the jump to Scotty electrics this year and they are great. Before the electrics I had Scotty manuals with all the extra rod holders, mounts and attachments. It was cheaper to go with the Scotty electrics because I had all the extra stuff already.

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I run 2 cannon mag 20's. I do love them. I have had walkers & scotty. But as much as I hang up on the bottom going after browns, It's the only one that gives me back my balls 9 out of 10 times.

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I have the same 2 Cannons I got in 1982 and had them upgraded to mag 20's when the motors died run great

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As I've posted on these types of threads in the past, I started with Cannon Unitroll HP Manual riggers on my 1st boat and liked them just fine, I bought a couple older used mag 10s that I transferred over to the Thompson when I got it and I liked those very much as well. Eventually I bought 2 new Scotty Electrics and moved the old mag 10's to the outdown positions up the gunwales, then from there they went to the basement where they still sit.

I liked the Cannons just fine, but now that I have my Scottys, I'd never go back.

Tim

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Got Scottys now....elecric..GREAT..had Proos manuals...they are Great too...actually still have proos but on the work bench right now for 14ft alumacraft application.

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I ran Canons for more than twenty five years,and still have them on my Trophy.They were and still are a great rigger.

However,I had the chance to use Scottys last year on a friends boat,and liked them so much,that i bought four of them for my new boat.

I like the tilt up boom feature,and also like the way the boom telescopes.

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I have had Cannon Mag 10's 15's and DT20. I no longer own a boat but I do like the Scottys on my friends boats. I like the fact that they dont use any power to lower them. I used to have to charge my rigger batteries every nite. With the Scottys I might not have had too. Tilt boom is a nice feature too.

I have wrapped a DT 20 cable on the spool axel a time or two. Just too fast IMO. If I was to do it again...it would be Scottys.

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Has Any one tried the latest version of the Penn Electric's. No clips it is all programable to stop when up and return to where you were.

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Bill,

You should have included what would you prefer to use if you had a choice. I run Mag 10's but if I could afford it would switch to scottied in a heart beat.

Clarke

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Mentioned it before that I run Cannons, with 2 being Digi-Trol's They have had the 5 programmable desired depths for years now. One thing I find interesting about Bill's poll is that no one has listed using the Vector's. I know they have a huge following out in Lake Michigan though.

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We ran 4 Walkers for over 20 years. Never had any major problems. Switched to Scottys last spring and love'em.

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Didn't get to vote but thought I would throw in my 2 cents. Ran Cannons for almost 20 years but switched to Vectors this summer and love them.

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Running a pair of Big Jons from 1983... all original parts still except the cable of course... not one problem...

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I am still running my 3 Walker's and they've been just fine to me. A little slow compared to some, but they do the job I ask of them. I did add the Walker tilt up bases to all 3 this past season (like scotty has) and that has been a terrific addition!

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Ya'll know I'm runnin the Scotty's. I came from Cannon, and i used Walkers when i was younger on a charter boat. They all have thier pros and cons like anything in life. I must admit though that I can rig 3 rigger rods with cheaters faster with Scotty's than I could with any other rigger. On top of that I can run power pro on my riggers which i wouldnt trade for the world.

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