How Cannon Downriggers help catch more fish

Cannon Downriggers are an essential resource for the serious fisherman. Cannon Downriggers allow you to control where your Line is sitting, in conjunction with your Fishfinder you''re able to best utilise your fishing position.


How do these work? Sometimes when you''re angling in deep water, your Line can end up floating towards the surface, away from the Fish. A Downrigger weighs down the Line and also identifies what depth it is sitting at, so you can position it right alongside your catch, while you troll.


To use, attach the weight to your downrigger wire and connect it to the fishing Line with a pinch release, before placing your rod into the holder.


Once your Fishfinder has identified where the Fish are, lower your Line to that depth with the Downrigger Line counter telling you exactly how deep you are. As the weight lowers, your fishing Line will bend (as can be seen in the first image on the right).


Whilst Trolling, the Downrigger keeps your Line at the set depth and allows it to move naturally through the water. On some models, you can also cycle the weight up and down to cover a larger area.


Once the Fish takes the lure, the pinch release lets go of the fishing Line and your rod will spring up, ready for you to reel it in. Please note that you do not have to reel in the Downrigger''s weight when trying to secure your catch - this is a common misconception with Downriggers.


Downriggers are not to be confused with Outriggers which essentially do the opposite in lifting your lure up above the bubble stream being put out by your Propeller. While Downriggers Hold your Line down at a constant depth, keeping it where the Fish are.


We are an authorised Cannon Dealer and stock a large Range of Downriggers. For more information check out the Downriggers explained video, Cannon Downriggers- What do they do? article or contact us in store or online at CH Smith Marine.

Downrigger Example
Cannon Digi-Troll 10 TS Downrigger