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Old 03-03-2004, 09:44 PM
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Just recently purchased two Cannon Uni Troll Downriggers and was wondering if anyone had better luck utilizing the Gimbal Mounting Technique or were better off Hard Mounting (Screws) them permanently? I do have the room to mount them on the two rear corners of the boat using the swivel base mounts that came with the unit but would consider trading them in for Gimbal Mounts if folks thought they were a secure way of using the downriggers...Appreciate any feedback on your experiences....RIFLYFISHER
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:19 PM
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If you plan on keeping boat for a long time, hard mount and use a backing plate. If you use more than 1 boat or change boats often, use the gimble mounts. Also, when you say rear corners, make sure that you have easy access to D?R without leaning over transom or something like that. Get retrieval lines (retro ease is cannons). I personally have never lost DR in gimble mount.
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:26 PM
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I dont have Cannons but I have Penn 625s and I really like the permanent fixed mounts Through bolted not screwed in with some type of backing plates. Nice and solid and not a problem to remove downriggers when not in use.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:24 AM
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I also recently purchased 2 Cannon HP Uni-Trolls. I went with the gimbal mounts, very secure and easily removable.
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:55 AM
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I prefer the Gimbal mount on my Penn 600. It's easy to stow away when you don't need it and never had an issue with it being secure while running or fishing.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:15 PM
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riflyfisher...What do flyfishermen use downriggers for?

(I realize I'm setting myself up for a wise crack!)
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:32 PM
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Fish Factory,
How else are you going to be able to get your fly down? (No pun intented!)
Bought the downriggers for when we troll the deeper lakes and the bay for stripers with conventional lures (no flies)...."Toys justify the fishing trips!"
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