Updated March 11, 2021 by Brett Dvoretz

The 5 Best Electric Downriggers

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Downriggers allow you to place your bait at specific depths to improve the odds of catching the species you are angling for. Anybody who fishes alone or with multiple rods in the water at one time can benefit from one these electric models. They can raise and lower your lure automatically, retrieve your line while you fight another fish, stop the weight at the waterline, and more. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Cannon Optimum

2. Scotty 1106 Depthpower

3. Cannon Magnum 10

Editor's Notes

March 08, 2021:

The truth is that there are very few options to choose from when it comes to electric downriggers, even less so if you want high-quality units, which is why this list has a limited selection. One of the changes we made during this update was to replace the Cannon Digi Troll 10 with the Cannon Optimum. While both feature a digital depth counter, the Optimum offers wireless connectivity, allowing you to check its data and control it from your mobile device or connected fishfinder. It is available in a standard or tournament model, the latter of which has a stainless steel spool.

We also removed the Cannon Digi Troll 5 as it seems to have been discontinued by the manufacturer, and since we already have the Optimum as a model with a digital depth counter, we added the Cannon Magnum 10 as good analog model, since some people worry that digital depth counters can malfunction. The validity of this worry is actually evidenced by the Scotty 2106B High Performance. Despite that, we still think the 2106B is worthy of inclusion since it offers a lot of great features when it works correctly, and it is covered by a lifetime warranty, so even if it does malfunction, you shouldn't have to worry about any costs for replacing or fixing it.

January 08, 2019:

The whole point of an electric downrigger is to make your life easier, not more complicated. That's why we focused on models that are touted for having simple operation. To truly help you put more fish in the boat though, they need to have useful features like depth settings, bottom tracking, footage counters, and fast retrieval, so we made these factors a top priority as well.

4. Scotty 2106B High Performance

5. Scotty 1116 Propack Depthpower


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on March 11, 2021 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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