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Old 05-10-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

I am looking at getting a couple of downriggers and want some advice. I think I want electric and the extendable booms. But the cost is a pretty good hit.

Has anyone fished both and could provide a recommendation would be great? Any other brands I should consider?

Also would like some advice on electric versus manual - is it worth the expense?

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Old 05-10-2008, 09:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

If you go electric, preference seems to be Scotty. Cannon is generally the best choice if you opt for manual down riggers.

Manuals have worked great for me, but if you fish by yourself-electric is the only way to go.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:05 PM   #3
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If you go electric, preference seems to be Scotty. Cannon is generally the best choice if you opt for manual down riggers.

Manuals have worked great for me, but if you fish by yourself-electric is the only way to go.
FWIW, I have owned both and prefer the Scotty. They are faster and easy to replace parts. Also in the event of electrical problems they are very easy to manually bring in your line and weight, YMMV.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:12 PM   #4
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

I have Scotty's and have run Cannon's on other boats. My personal preference is for Scotty's. I have had this set for about 5 years now with no problems.
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:48 AM   #5
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

In my opinion, it's just like the ol' Ford vs. Chevy debate. Some people will swear by Cannons while others will say Scotty all the way. I have used both personally, and you cannot go wrong with either.

Originally, Scotty electrics were superior to Cannon because they had a faster retrieval rate. But, Cannon has recently introduced their new HS (high speed) line, so there is no competitive advantage for Scotty anymore. Both Scotty and Cannon have telescoping booms. The electric Cannons (Mag 10, Mag 20, and Digi-Troll models) are available with Positive Ion Control while Scotty downriggers do not. But, you can purchase a Pro-Troll or Scotty Black Box to deal with that. If you are stacking rods on your downrigger, the Scotty has the advantage of the auto-stop beads that you can put on the cable to shut off the motor when your clips come up so that you won't lose your stacking releases. Scotty downriggers also have the tilt-up option. Cannons can have the tilt up option, but you have to purchase a special mount that Cannon sells. I think that Scotty has a better warranty that Cannon. Scotty is lifetime (for the original owner only) and Cannon is limited lifetime.

As for the electric vs. manual issue, it is really, really nice just to flick a switch to retrieve all the wire, especially if you are fishing by yourself or if you take people out and you tend to all the downriggers. It all comes down to how much you value convenience and how much you want to spend. I've used manuals for many years because that is how I learned to downrigger fish. However, it isn't until recently that I switched over to electrics, and I wish that I bought them sooner! I think electrics are worth the extra money.

I'm sure there is more that I am forgetting, but that should get you off on the right foot.

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Old 05-11-2008, 11:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

i think if you do a search here and on salty dogs, this topic has been covered in GREAT detail..many many times...
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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i think if you do a search here and on salty dogs, this topic has been covered in GREAT detail..many many times...
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:30 PM   #8
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

Thanks for all of your help - I am little new to Ifish. I was planning to go with Cannons but after all the comments and the past posts (lots of help there) it looks like Scotty electrics are the way to go. Now it it is time to go shoppin'!
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #9
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

Scottys are lifetime for who ever owns them, it does not matter who bought them. And you can buy extra belts and such from just about any store.

Here in BC, Scotty is the number one downrigger. Reasonable priced, reliable and excellent warranty

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Scottys are lifetime for who ever owns them, it does not matter who bought them. And you can buy extra belts and such from just about any store.

Here in BC, Scotty is the number one downrigger. Reasonable priced, reliable and excellent warranty

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Here is a link to the warranty information.

http://www.scotty.com/marine/support.../warranty.html

The first paragraph under the bold says, "The lifetime warranty extends to the original owner only."
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:02 PM   #11
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If you go electric, preference seems to be Scotty. Cannon is generally the best choice if you opt for manual down riggers.

Manuals have worked great for me, but if you fish by yourself-electric is the only way to go.

I agree with your choices. I have an electric Scotty and a manual Cannon. IMO the manual Scottys just don't feel natural when cranking them.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:08 PM   #12
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I am looking at getting a couple of downriggers and want some advice. I think I want electric and the extendable booms. But the cost is a pretty good hit.

Has anyone fished both and could provide a recommendation would be great? Any other brands I should consider?

Also would like some advice on electric versus manual - is it worth the expense?

You might re-consider your choice of extendable booms. I was talked into buying the 60" boom on my Scotty. Even with the off shore bracket on my boat,I've never needed the 60" of boom. For that matter,I've never even extended the boom at all.

I could have saved some pretty serious cash if I hadn't bought the extendable boom.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:27 PM   #13
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

Guy like scotties because they are cheap. Alot of the guys on this board that rag on the cannons have never fished the nice cannon electrics. I couldnt tell if you the what's nicer between the Cannon Mag 5's or the scotties electric and I really dont care.

Some thing's you should know...

1) The scotty's are not faster. They are slower. 235fpm for the scotty and 250 fpm for the Cannon.

2) The rotating bases on the Cannon's are light years ahead of the tip up bases on the scotties. ESPECIALLY IF YOU USE A EXTENDED BOOM!

3) Look them over in person and decide for yourself which unit seems better built. It's easy to see.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:15 PM   #14
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Default Re: Downriggers - Scotty versus Cannon

One thing that hasnt been mentioned. Canons have to be sent away for service. But at least where I live, Scottys can be serviced locally w/o the hassle and expense of sending it away. That, the warranty, and a better price at my local dealer made me go for the Scotty.
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