Updated January 24, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Manual Downriggers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Downriggers allow you to place your lure in the water at whatever depth you choose, increasing the odds of catching more fish. Once you get onto a school, you can keep dropping your bait in the exact same spot again and again and, hopefully, reel in one after another. These manual units are more budget-friendly than their electric counterparts and have less components to potentially break. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best manual downrigger on Amazon.

10. Walker Mini Laker

9. Brocraft Easy Catch

8. Cannon Mini-Troll

7. Seahorse Troll-Master

6. Scotty Depthmaster

5. Big Jon Sports Runabout

4. Scotty Longarm

3. Big Jon Sports Siderigger

2. Scotty Laketroller

1. Cannon 10 STX

Editor's Notes

January 23, 2019:

When selecting the best manual downriggers we wanted to make sure to find one to suit every type of boat and application. Because of this you'll find some compact models that are perfect for fishing canoes and kayaks, as well as larger option that can be mounted on fiberglass boats. We also made to offer different retrieval speeds and cable lengths for shallow and deep-water use.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on January 24, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

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