Downrigger control system

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  1. m105580

    m105580 Newbie

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    Does anybody have experience with this system, or something similar? I know that the Canon Digi-Troll models have a control system, but I think it needs a dedicated transducer. This is based out of Finland, but seems like a pretty slick setup:



    https://autotrolling.wordpress.com/
     
  2. FVSerenity

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    I don’t understand, bottom tracking sounds cool but it don’t reel the fishing line in and out so your going to be going slack tight, slack, tight right? I can just see coming up a bank and tangling with your own line...

    But I’ve never played with one

    Cannon has done that for years
     
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  3. Whalebreath

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    Looks like a total PITA.
     
  4. TonyG

    TonyG I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    My Cannon digi trolls have this built in. I've never bothered to get the transducer required because of the issues Rod mentions. Also, variable blowback based on troll speed and currents makes it silly. Can't work that well for my trolling for salmon applications.
     
  5. Walker Inc.

    Walker Inc. I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Cool, Let’s fuck more shit up and get a cell phone wet to boot. Watch your sonar, watch the bottom, watch your gear. Know your area. Pretty simple.
     
  6. FVSerenity

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    Hah! When I want the bottom I keep a hand on the DR drop it till it hits bottom, pull up like 1second and repeat whenever it hits again, if I haven’t hit bottom in a while I drop it till it hits :)

    If I don’t care I’ll just set it and go to sleep:) err drive responsibly:)
     
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  7. Salmon King

    Salmon King I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Messing with your downriggers is part of the fun of salmon fishing. I also like to keep the line tension tight enough that they pop off when you adjust the downrigger depth. It gives me something to do while I don’t catch salmon.
     
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    I'm a little more country than that
     
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    Running the spread and dialing in is a finely honed SKILL. Don't be lazy, as soon as you rely on all that auto bottom tracking, let the computer do it for me stuff you are NO LONGER using the best tool you have......YOU!!! Sitting back and not working the rods yourself means you will pay far less attention to your gear; you won't check them as often, you won't try for suspended fish ,you'll just have one hand on the wheel and the other gripping a frosty.....or your crotch. Fish hard or die!!!!!!!!!
     
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    bottom avoidance?
    idk who'd wanna avoid a good looking bottom
     
  11. Barracuda1

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    Interesting but, some of the contours I fish can change from 300' to 45' in just a few seconds while trolling. This system could not avoid that situation in time. As stated, knowledge of the area you are fishing is the best tool in your box.
     
  12. Matthew WA

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    The Digi Troll 10 are the shit. Put them on my boat this year 2 down riggers, transducer, & the things that pull the extended cable to the boat cost a little north of $2,000 at the boat show. It's one of the best investments I have made. Especially if your taking out newbies or guiding. Has 3 pre sets depths and bottom tracking that can be hard to manage but can save your balls when the bottom comes up fast. Also both downriggers display the depth which is nice when someone is standing in front of the main sounder. They also have built in black box. Not that I totally buy into that. I feel like there are some options I still haven't dialed in yet. Pretty much the only thing they don't do is fix stupid.
     
  13. goatram

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    I bought the hype from Woody at the show as well. My won't pull up a 18lb weight without pooping the main fuse. Forgetaboutacrab trap being pulled while Blackmouth fishing in the sound. They don't like to spool up nice without constant attention. They are cool with the depth reading but shit for the price I could have had 3 Scotty 2106's. Don't buy the hype.
     
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  14. Walker Inc.

    Walker Inc. I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Kind of like ETEC’s and Navico?
     
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