Home made fishing downriggers

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Project by Eddie G posted 05-23-2014 01:26 AM 7756 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the reels from Cabelas using my accumulated points from my Cabelas visa. Reels have line guides and built in line depth counters. Purchased the reel mounts and front pullys from Ebay. The shafts are Oak. Turned on my drill powered lathe. Made the carrier as a bonus to carry and protect them. Total invested out of pocket $40.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 02:14 AM

Very nice—must be great to make your own fishing gear.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 04:35 AM

Now we’re talkin, way cool! Nice job.

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 05:07 AM

Very Good! I have been wanting downriggers and now have a goal.

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 06:14 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Eddie! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 08:50 AM

Fine bit of ingenuity there!


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#6 posted 05-23-2014 02:18 PM

What did you finish them with to keep them from absorbing water? Good idea.

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 03:11 PM

Very good job!

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 05-23-2014 03:54 PM

Nice work. I see you are near Portland – must be going after some large salmon. Good luck.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 05-23-2014 07:50 PM

Great imagination on the design but you may be disappointed with the performance over the long run.
For not much more then the cost of those reels you could have gotten a couple of second hand down riggers than would handle the weights more easily and have a faster retrieve. I use those same reels on my fishing poles to measure the set back for the lures from the down rigger cableā€¦.usually 50 to 60 feet behind the boat.
Good luck fishing.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 03:37 AM

Les, Thanks for the comments. You are right. I am limited on the weight I can use…. The reels were “free” as I used my built up Cabelas points to “buy” them…. Needless to say I am keeping an eye on the “used” market…. They work good on the lake for trout…. just not so much on the rivers for Salmon….

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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