Downriggers let you increase your on-the-water efficiency by setting up a deep and stable vertical fishing line from your boat. Downriggers have a weighted cable that goes down deep into the waters at your specified heights. You attach your fishing line and lures to it. As the boat moves, you get a firm line, less affected by the drag of the trolling motor. Without using a downrigger, a fishing line will drag behind at a lesser height, reducing your chances of catching fish that swim deep waters. If you are a saltwater angler, a downrigger is must-have onboard marine equipment for you throughout the year. Freshwater anglers can use a downrigger to catch fishes who prefer deep, cold waters.

Electric or manual downrigger - which one to choose?

The type of downrigger you should choose to buy depends on the water depth you would be fishing. A downrigger has a pole that supports weighted ball by its spool cable that runs below in the depths. We have to bring the spool up, along with the weight. If you fish in "real deep" lakes, like up to 75-feets or so, this might be a problem. An electric downrigger employs a motor to crank up the spool, making it easy and fast. During not-so-deep fishing, a manual downrigger, lightweight and easy to operate, is a perfect fit.

Shop downriggers online

Buy a manual downrigger if you don't troll too deep or use a smaller boat. Shop for an electric downrigger if you need fast retrieval of the spool or fish in deep waters. Electric downriggers are an added advantage when you are fishing alone, making way for single-handed operation. At, we have curated an exclusive category where you can shop for electric and manual downriggers by top brands, including Cannon, online right now.