Post By: Salmon Slayer Posted: 4/12/2019 5:37:42 PMPoints: 1282
Sometimes the wife and I rent a pontoon at Granby and I want to know how difficult it is to operate a manual clamp-on downrigger. I've tried Dipsy Divers with limited success. I'm 67 and in decent condition. I've been looking at a used Big Jon unit, maybe in conjunction with a Dipsy or two. Any thoughts?
I have the canon mini troll and it is very easy to operate. Has a depth counter on it too. Never fished really deep with it though. I know you would probably be trolling some deep water at Granby so check how much wire it can hold, I don't know off hand.
If you are going to use it on various rental boats, I suggest you take a couple of pieces of wood so you can clamp it in a ERGONOMIC, EASY TO USE location. I tried one on my deep V boat, and without a convenient location, cranking it up was very awkward. I gave up quickly before getting crippled.
A pontoon boat MUST have a better spot than leaning over the splashwell!
Do Your Homework! Have you used the pontoon before? As malty falcon said,come preparired to do some work to give your rig a good mount.An assortment of small plywood pieces,backed up with a few 2X6 or 2X8 pieces will really help.If you have any "C" clamps,bring a few that will be big enough to clamp a few 2Xs to the pontoon.
Reply by: RogBow Posted: Apr. 13, 7:12:49 AM Points: 1660
Snap weights would be the way to go until you can get your own boat to modify. Even with a clamp on system, chances are you might damage someones boat. Also hauling all the pieces and parts around - rigger, base, clamps, boards, weights, etc. would be a pain.
Of course all of this can be eliminated if you just rent one with a rigger on it haha.
Think I'll stick with the Dipsy's and snap weights. I think the main thing to do is slow the pontoon down using a couple buckets with holes drilled in the bottom. Plus I picked up a Garmin 62s GPS and should be able to monitor boat speed better as well. Thanks for the heads up, and the bucket with holes trick I read in another post.
The bucket with holes will slow you down,if you want to go a step higher look at "Amish Outfitters" sea anchors . . .they come in all kinds of sizes and pack up small.MAKE SURE YOU DRY THEM BEFORE YOU STORE THEM! Amish also make a nice snap weight . . . .I'm using the green and black snap weights from Cabelas. I also have full time down riggers,so I'm running leadcore or snapweights and downriggers. BTW: Go to U-Tube and watch how the guides use a sea anchor . . . .there's a bit of an art to keeping your buckets or sea anchor out of the prop.