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  1. Trophy Taker! Great report! Seems like you Southern Port guys are having a great early season. Hopefully my reports out of Frankfort (tomorrow) will be as successful and as detailed. I monitor channel 68 as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Good call. Have caught myself looking at that net in the rear view mirror once already. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. You are bangin em down there! Send some up to Frankfort please. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks man. Those Big Jon ratchet holders are my “go to” holders for Dipsies. Yes, they go parallel to the water. I set out 9 lines on Saturday and only got slightly tangled once. Rod trees made all the difference. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks much! For as much as I have searched, I can’t find any negative comments on them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks. I will look into the Chamberlain releases. Yes, the Scotty stacker clips are what I was referring too. They are convenient, but the leave a kink in the cable. I haven’t seen anyone complain about the little kink, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a problem in the future. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Anyone concerned about the kink the metal clip puts on your downrigger cable? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Mike. Hopefully it will last my lifetime. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks RedRider. I am picky, but only wanted to do the rigging once I am very happy the way it turned out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Well, here is what I finally ended up with after a couple iterations of trial and error... Magnum Metalz 2500 series Downriggers. Big Jon Tracks and Dipsy Rod holders Fish On Triple Rod Tree with Net Holder. After much installation and testing on the water and bumpy dirt roads, this was the “heaviest dutiest” setup I could come up with (both solid to the gunnel, and solid in its own design). I was balancing price versus quality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That was a great report! Didn’t do anything worth reporting out of Frankfort on Monday (15 April) except a huge smallmouth. Ha! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Update fellas: I went with Fish On Vertical Rod trees (triple tubes with net holder at the top) For Downriggers I went with the Magnum Metalz 2500 (2-rod holder). The MM’s key features for me were the autostop clutch, the 200 FPM motor, the 300’ of cable and the swivel base. The price for this was way cheaper than comparables (BJ, Cannon, Scott and the gold plated Traxtechs). Now for the bad part. Mfitz was right. The Lund Sport Track Downrigger Mounts will not work. A lot of slop. Photo attached. I have a video, which is better than the photo, but now way to upload it. I have already ordered 4’ track systems for each side and am emotionally prepared to drill holes in my brand new boat. Hard to say that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. NW Michigan-3rd week if April. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks Mike. I priced all. For the “aluminum/stainless” downriggers (Big Jon, MM, Ciscoes, and Traxtech) and when I list out comparable functions (autostop, motor speed/size, and cable length (300’), and two multi-axis rod holders, Magnum Metalz scored higher in features and price. Cisco and Traxtech were more expensive, but have added features that were not important to me (programmable keypad, jigging action). The Cannons and Scotties were definitely the most common and the most recommended as well. This weekend is the big dollar spillage for me after I see the gear at the Sport show. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks Youp. I am headed to the Grand Rapids Sport Show next weekend to meet the Magnum Metalz guys...so yes, I am being researched to death and the lure of many downriggers have come and gone. Will keep you posted on what I end up with- pics will come as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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