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I picked up a pair of used Big Jon manual captain pack downriggers over the winter. While setting them up I noticed the clutch engages quicker on one than the other. One releases cable with a 1/4 turn backwards and retrieves with about a 1/2 turn forward. The second rigger releases fine but needs several cranks forward to retrieve. Even after several cranks It doesn't seem to lock up solid, seems like It's on the edge of slipping. Has anyone else had a similar problem with their manual captain pack or have an Idea how to fix this. Thanks for your replys

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Yep, I agree with Don. Pretty easy to do and it's real similar to a reel and the drag. If you don't want to spend money and still see if it's that just take off the clutch assembly from the rigger that works and put it on the other to see if it fixes it.

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Thanks for the link Fishsniffer, I printed it to order the clutch disks from. Swaping the disks is a good Idea just to make sure it is the clutch disks that are slipping. Good advice, thanks for the help. Won't be long and It'll be time to be on the water.

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