The up side to swivel bases is you can swing the whole downrigger in or out anytime anyplace . . .We swing the riggers in line with the boat when we run from one area to another with the big motor.We will sometimes run combonations of long rods and riggers at the same time and I have been known to 45 the rigger instead of 90% it. I'm guessing your getting electric for easy fishing in deep water? 45 it and stack two lines on it.(hint . . .off shore releases and ANS seal wire that they throw away,steel leader crimps) rod in the downrigger is short and on a short release . . .second rod is longer and on a longer release.You-tub got vidios of it.I love the swivel if I have to hit the dock for any reason and we rig up the boat in the parking lot before inspection so all we do is go! Its well worth the money.
You really need to do your homework on where you mount your base.You need a super solid spot and you only want to mount this one time . . .My Cannon takes four bolts and we did it one time!You will need to be able to get under where you plan to mount the swivel base.Glass or metal boat? both need a pad under the base,I used rubber sheet about as thick as innertube.
Reply by: Eyefishing Posted: Jan. 15, 3:53:42 AM Points: 211
Like HP said the swivel base is nice but you really donít need them. I donít have the swivel but my riggers lift up and lock in place out of the way. The mounting spot will need to be very sturdy, there is a lot of pressure being put on the mounting spot. I used a 1/4 in. Thick piece of aluminum mounted inside the gunnel under the rigger base that is as wide as the gunnel and 3in. Longer them the base mount on each side. They been on my boat for over 10 year now and not one issue. Then Iíve made another bracket that slides into the rigger base that I can put a regular rod holder into and still use the riggers base and not have to add another holder.
Eyefishing is spot on about the extra backing under the gunnel,but I don't have a adaptor plate for an extra rod holder . . . .I just use the rod holder on the downrigger instead(that's really one of thoese personal choices) . . .I also have 2 mounts for rod holder on the gunnel so I can run bottom bouncers.One rod holder is for a rod holder that is just above the gunnel and the other holder is set up for an extended rod holder.Short holder in front of the tall holder.I also use the extra rod holder for long lines right next to my downrigger . . .I'll run cranks on my downrigger and lead core right next to it. ratdog . . .I really need to run across town and get a few pictures of the complete set up,so you see what I did . .my downriggers are not on the gunnels per say,but on the front of the splash well . . .only a picture will show it . . .let me know if you want some pictures.
Reply by: EvvyLodish Posted: Jan. 15, 5:44:04 AM Points: 0
Hi...I've been running Scotty for 10 years, no issues at all. Scotty's are very robust and reliable, if you don't need the fancy digital functions of the Cannon top models go Scotty! I also have a large number of fishing buddies with Scotty, and I've never heard a single complaint. And yes, Cannon rotary bases break especially in our cold climate.
Let me give you a day at the lake for my swivel base. When we get to the lake we prep the boat for inspection.At this time we get everything ready to launch and get away from the ramp ASAP.Nothing worst than some guy unloading all his gear from his truck to his boat in the middle of the ramp. Downriggers get put on their mounts/swivel and pointed to the rear of the boat.After inspection its in the water,park the trailer and out we go.We fire up the motor and run to where we want to fish.Pull a handle and the rigger swings out(its ready to go) get your rigger set to fish.Now we want to pack up and run down the lake.Swing the rigger to the back of the boat,GO DOG GO!!!!OPPS forgot lunch at the trailer,run to the dock(swing in the riggers) . . . .Every time you swing the riggers in . . . .think of having to pull the rigger off its mount and place it on the floor. Even better if its times two. I got two riggers! Remember to wire things up with enough extra wire so that you can swing the riggers back and fourth without disconnecting them. Is this making more sence to you now?
Most electric downriggers have a power cord and or a pigtail like a 4 pin trailer conector(just 2 pins) . . .don't short change yourself when you set up the power wire.Leave enough slack so you can swing your rigger in and out without touching the power cord. I would look into the pigtail that has a rubber cap for covering the contacts(like on a charger pigtail?) not much fun having a live wire flopping around some place in your boat. I do change up the "Off Shore" releases.I use the cabe/wire the ANS inspectors use(just ask them to give you the cable,less the #crimp) it goes in the trash anyways.Buy some double hole crimps(think steel leader) I have several lengths that I use . . . .short ones for every day rigging and longer ones for stacking multi lines. Utube will teach you how.