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Big Jon Sportsman Electric Downrigger
The Sportsman is the ideal choice for your first electric downrigger. It ... is also built using the same precision machined parts found on all Big Jon downriggers! It is built of High Strength Aircraft Grade Aluminum to ...
Big Jon Tournament Electric Downrigger
The Tournament Electric Downrigger is built to the same high standards as Big Jon's Captain's Pak Electric! The Tournament Electric features an easy to ...
Big Jon Tournament Electric Downrigger (Gold)
The Tournament Electric Downrigger is built to the same high standards as Big Jon's Captain's Pak Electric! The Tournament Electric features an easy to ...
Big Jon Pro Sportsman Electric Downrigger
The Pro Sportsman is a step up from the Sportsman, offering the added ... is also built using the same precision machined parts found on all Big Jon downriggers! It is built of High Strength Aircraft Grade Aluminum to ...
Big Jon Pro Sportsman Electric Downrigger (Gold)
The Pro Sportsman is a step up from the Sportsman, offering the added ... is also built using the same precision machined parts found on all Big Jon downriggers! It is built of High Strength Aircraft Grade Aluminum to ...
Big Jon Gadabout Manual Downrigger
The Gadabout is the ideal choice for your first downrigger. "It is designed and constructed to the same high standards found in all Big Jon products!" It is built of High Strength Aircraft Grade Aluminum so it ...
Big Jon Runabout Manual Downrigger
The Runabout is the ideal choice for the boat owner who wants an easy to ... It is designed and constructed to the same high standards found in all Big Jon products!" It is built of High Strength Aircraft Grade Alumnium so it ...
Big Jon Gadabout Manual Downrigger (slimline 2.5" x 3" base)
The Gadabout with Slim-Line Base is the ideal choice for your first ... It is designed and constructed to the same high standards found in all Big Jon products!" The Slim-Line Base allows it to be mounted on surfaces as ...
Big Jon Brute ES Electric Downrigger
Designed & Built For The Serious Tournament Fisherman!" The Brute ES has our most powerful motor and gearbox, that can raise a cannonball at 200 feet per minute! It is built ...
Big Jon Captain's Pak Electric Downrigger
"America's Favorite Electric Downrigger!" The Captain's Pak Electric has long been recognized as the highest standard of quality in the downrigger market! The Captain's Pak ...
Big Jon Captain's Pack Electric Downrigger (Gold)
"America's Favorite Electric Downrigger!" The Captain's Pak Electric has long been recognized as the highest standard of quality in the downrigger market! The Captain's Pak ...
Big Jon Captain's Pack Manual Siderigger Downrigger (Gold)
The Captain's Pak Manual Siderigger is the "Top Of The Line" for those who choose to fish with manual downriggers! The Multi-Set rod holder can be adjusted with just one hand ...
Big Jon Rod Holders
with exceptional quality and durability. Big Jon rod single rod holders, double rod holders, triple rod holders and quad rod holders. New in 2010 the Big Jon Ratchet Heavy Duty Diver Rods available in single, dual, triple and ...
Big Jon Dual Manual Planer Rigger
Big Jon's Dual Manual Planer Rigger is the best built planer rigger on the ... precision machined on CNC Mills to insure an exact fit when assembled. Big Jon offers you the option of a Pedistal Seat Mount that fits Springfield ...
Big Jon Electric Planer Reel/Single Remote
The Big Jon Single Electric Planer Reel: Want to design your own custom planer system? Start with Big Jon's Single Electric Planer Reel and mount it to your Radar Arch, Canopy ...
Big Jon Electric Planer Reel (Dual Remote)
The Big Jon Dual Electric Planer Reels: Want to design your own custom planer system? Start with Big Jon's Dual Electric Planer Reels and mount them to your Radar Arch, Canopy ...
Big Jon Manual Planer Reel (clamp-on)
The Big Jon Single Manual Planer Reel: Want to design your own custom planer system? Start with Big Jon's Single Manual Planer Reel and mount it to your Radar Arch, Canopy ...
Big Jon Otter Boat Planer Board
The Big Jon Otter Boat Planer: Once you've fished with Big Jon's Otter Boat, you'll never fish with the old fashion boards or skis ...
Big Jon Parts & Accessories
for all of your Big Jon equipment. ...
Big Jon Quick Slide Mounting Base (QS506)
The Big Jon Quick Slide Mounting Base (QS506)features: * For easy removal of ... for when you need more room in the cockpit when you're hooked up to that BIG ONE. * Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases * Protective hard anodized finish bj-qs506 ...
Big Jon Single Manual Planer Rigger
Big Jon's Single Manual Planer Rigger is the ideal choice when you want a mast ... precision machined on CNC Mills to insure an exact fit when assembled. Big Jon offers you the option of a Pedistal Seat Mount that fits Springfield ...
Big Jon Single Planer Pulley
The Big Jon Single Planer Pulley: Want to design your own custom planer system? Use the Single Planer Pulley along with Big Jon's Single Manual Planer Reel or Electric Planer

 

Big Jon Swivel Mounting Base (SMT1)
The Big Jon Swivel Mounting Base(SMT1)features: * Rotates 360 degrees and locks in 8 positions * Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases * Protective hard anodized finish BJ-SMT1 ...
Big Jon Trolling Products (all products)
Big Jon has set a standard for trolling equipment that many have followed. The highest quality materials and craftsmanship goes into every Big Jon trolling product. ...
Big Jon Clamp Mount for Downriggers w/4x4 plates
Big Jon Clamp-On Mount. Features: Solid aluminum clamp-on mount with 2 in ... jaws for mounting downriggers or other trolling equipment. Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases. Protective black finish. CM00312 ...
Big Jon 12 inch Anodized Gimbal Mount
Big Jon 12 in. Gimbal Mount. Features: Fits recesses rod holders, Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases, Protective hard, anodized finish GM46 ...
Big Jon Quick Slide Mounting Base
. Features: For easy removal of downriggers and other trolling equipment for when boat is being transported or stored. Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases. Protective hard anodized finish QS506 ...
Big Jon Swivel Mounting Base
. Features: Rotates 360 degrees and locks in 8 positions. Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases. Protective hard anodized finish. SMT1 ...
Big Jon Pedestal Mount 12in (Stanchion)
Big Jon 12 inch Pedestal Mount. Features: For use wherever added height is ... needed for mounting downriggers or other trolling equipment. Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases. Bright, protective anodized finish. Four 3/4 in ...
Big Jon Pedestal Mount 6in (Stanchion)
Big Jon 6 inch Pedestal Mount. Features: For use wherever added height is ... needed for mounting downriggers or other trolling equipment. Accepts all Big Jon 4 in. x 4 in. bases. Bright, protective anodized finish. Four 3/4 in ...
NEW IN 2010Big Jon Dual Ratchet Heavy Duty Diver Rod
Big Jon's ratcheting rod holder makes using diver rods easier than ever before! ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...
NEW IN 2010Big Jon Ratchet Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder
Big Jon's ratcheting rod holder makes using diver rods easier than ever before! ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...

Big Jon Planer Riggers & Planer Reels
Big Jon Planer Riggers. Rig your boat just like you want it with Big Jone Planer Riggers. Manual or electric, these are top quality riggers. ...
Big Jon Mast Pedestal Seat Mount
. Features: Adapts planer mast to fit Springfield. Taperlock pedestal seat base. 8400SM
Big Jon Auto-Stop System for Electric Downriggers
The Auto-Stop System features: Automatically stops downrigger motor after retrieving cannonball Retrofits all Big Jon electric downriggers with 5/8 in. dia. booms AS60 ...
Big Jon Ball Cradle
. Features: Solid aluminum cannonball holder that mounts to downrigger base. Accepts two Multi-Set rod holders (Model #s:RH00435-Silver and RH10435-Gold), Protective black ...
Big Jon Rear Mount Ball Cradle
. Features: The Rear Mount Ball Cradle locates your rod holders at the rear of your downrigger for easier access. Solid aluminum cannonball holder. Protective black finish ...
Big Jon Band Buster Release
The Big Jon Band Buster Release features: Easy to use rubber band type release ...
Big Jon Deep'r Diver Disks
The Big Jon Deep’r Diver Disk features: 2 in. diver disk takes your line and lure ...
Big Jon Heavy Duty Diver RodHolder (Gold)
This is the rod holder best suited for fishing with large diving disks ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...
Big Jon Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder w/slim line base
This is the rod holder best suited for fishing with large diving disks ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! The "Slim-Line Base" allows you to ...
Big Jon Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder w/ slim line base (Gold)
This is the rod holder best suited for fishing with large diving disks ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! The "Slim-Line Base" allows you to ...
Big Jon Diver Disks
The Big Jon Deep’r Diver Disk features: 2 in. diver disk takes your line and lure ...
Big Jon Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder
This is the rod holder best suited for fishing with large diving disks ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...
Big Jon Downriggers
Big Jon downriggers set the standard. The highest quality materials go into ...
Big Jon Free 'N Easy Release
The Big Jon Free'N Easy Release features: Considered "the release of choise" by ...
Big Jon Jettison Sinker Release (2/pkg)
The Big Jon Jettison Sinker Release features: For use with drop weights. Sinker ...
Big Jon Mini Diver Disks
The Big Jon Mini-Diver Disk features: 1 3/4 in. diver disk takes your line and ...
Big Jon Mini Otter Inline PLaner
The Big Jon Mini-Otter In-line Planer features: 5 in. planer that takes your line ...
Big Jon Otter Inline Planer
The Big Jon Otter In-line Planer features: 8 in. planer that takes your line and ...

Big Jon Otter Release
The Big Jon Otter Release features: An all-purpose release that can be used on in ...
Big Jon Rod Holder Tree w/3 or 4 Rod Holders
The Big Jon Multi-Set Rod Holder Tree features: * Three Multi-Set rod holders on ...
Big Jon Rocket Launcher (Silver)
Have the Big Jon Custom Shop build a set of Rocket Launchers to your specifications. To ...
Big Jon Sideliner Planer (Offshore Release)
The Big Jon Side-Liner w/ Offshore Release features: 9 in. planer that takes your ...
Big Jon Sideliner Planer (Standard Otter Release)
The Big Jon Side-Liner In-line Planer w/ Otter Release features: 9 in. planer that ...

Big Jon Transom Bar
The Silver Transom Bar Features: A 7 ft. 4 in. heavy-duty aluminum transom bar that is predrilled to accept four Big Jon downriggers and three Multi-Set rod holders The hinged stanchions will ...
Big Jon Motor Cover for Electric Riggers
Big Jon Motor Cover. Features: Protect downrigger and planer rigger motors ...
Big Jon Red Rod Holder Caps (2/pkg)
Big Jon Red Rod Holder Caps KT51073 ...
Big Jon Black Rod Holder Caps (2/pkg)
Big Jon Black Rod Holder Caps KT51074 ...
NEW IN 2010Big Jon Quad Ratchet Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder
Big Jon's ratcheting rod holder makes using diver rods easier than ever before! ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...
NEW IN 2010Big Jon Triple Ratchet Heavy Duty Diver Rod Holder
Big Jon's ratcheting rod holder makes using diver rods easier than ever before! ... rod holder! No other rod holder on the market is built to be as strong as Big Jon's Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holder! features: Constructed of thick ...
Big Jon Big Water Manual Downrigger
The Big Water Manual is as sturdy as it's name implies! It is designed for a ...
Big Jon Double Multi-Set Rod Holder 15" Base
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Big Jon Captain's Pak Siderigger OHC w/swivel base
The Captain's Pak Manual Siderigger features an easy to use "One-Hand-Crank" clutch system! Just ease the crank handle back to let the cannonball descend or crank forward to ...
Big Jon Dual Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod Holder
The Dual Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Two Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods High ...
Big Jon Dual Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod HOlder (Gold)
The Dual Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Two Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods High ...
Big Jon Dual Multi-Set Rod Holder Pedestal Mount w/4x4 plate (...
Big Jon Dual Multi-Set Rod Holder Pedestal Mount w/4x4 plate (Gold) The Gold ...
Big Jon Multi-Set Rod Holder w/Mounting Track
The Silver Multi-Set Rod Holder features: Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined solid aluminum base Adjusts to 9 positive locking positions with just one hand ...
Big Jon Multi-Set Rod Holder with Mounting Track (Gold)
The Gold Multi-Set Rod Holder features: Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined solid aluminum base Adjusts to 9 positive locking positions with just one hand Gold ...
Big Jon Planers

Big Jon Pro Tournament Electric Downrigger (Silver)
"High Torque 25% Faster Than Our Captain's Pak!" The Pro Tournament Electric is The Best Choice of electric downriggers for the fisherman who is serious about competing in ...
Big Jon Quad Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod Holder
The Quad Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Four Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods Two High ...
Big Jon Quad Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod Holder (Gold)
The Quad Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Four Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods Two High ...
Big Jon Quad Multi-Set Rod Holder 30" Base
The Silver Quad Multi-Set Rod Holders On Pedestal Base feature: Four Multi-Set rod holders on 2 in. pedestal tall base Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined solid ...
Big Jon Quad Multi-Set Rod Holder Pedestal Mount (Gold)
The Gold Quad Multi-Set Rod Holders On Pedestal Base feature: Four Multi-Set rod holders on 2 in. tall pedestal base Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined solid ...
Big Jon Triple Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod Holder
The Triple Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Three Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods High ...
Big Jon Triple Heavy Duty Pedestal Diver Rod Holder (Gold)
The Triple Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod Holders w/ Pedestal Base features: Three Heavy-Duty Deck Mount Rod holders that adjust to 5 locking positions Ideal for diver rods High ...
Big Jon Triple Multi-Set Pedestal Mount Rod Holder (Gold)
The Gold Triple Multi-Set Rod Holders On Pedestal Base feature: Three Multi-Set rod holders on 2 in. tall pedestal base Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined solid ...
Big Jon Triple Multi-Set Rod Holder 20" Base
The Silver Triple Multi-Set Rod Holders On Pedestal Base feature: Three Multi-Set rod holders on 2 in. pedestal tall base Constructed of thick wall aluminum and machined ...
Big Jon Counter - Fits LH (8in SR & Earlier DR Models)
FC600-15

 

Planning Your
Trolling Boat

When you rig a boat for trolling, you will want it to provide you and your buddies with the most enjoyable fishing trips you could ask for. Here are some time proven trolling boat layouts.

If you fish alone in a small tiller boat, mounting the downriggers at the transom is a practical choise. You can keep everything in easy reach, eliminating the need to get up and move around the boat. ( illustration 1 )

If two or more people are fishing in a small tiller boat, try mounting the downriggers midship. Everybody can reach the downriggers and rods from either end of the boat. Pedestal mounts may be needed for the downriggers to clear the gunwales and swivel mounting bases will make for easier docking. ( illustration 2 )

On larger console style boats, a pair of Captain's Paks on swivel mounting bases are a popular arrangement. The swivel mounting base allows you to spread your lines wider when fishing and can be turned inline with the gunwales when the boat comes to the dock. ( illustration 3 )

If your boat is large enough for a large fishing party, mount a pair of Pro Sportsman downriggers at the transom and a pair of Captain's Paks on swivel mounting bases futher forward on the gunwales. With this many lines in the water, your lure presentation will resemble a school of bait fish. ( illustration 4 )

The same kind of presentation can be achieved by installing four Captain's Paks on a removable transom bar. The whole downrigging system can be removed as one unit when your boat is to be use for other purposes. ( illustration 5 )

When installing a planer rigger system, remember two important facts. First, the taller your mast is, the greater distance your planers will travel from the sides of your boat. And second, the further forward you mount your mast, the less distance your planers will travel behind your transom. Both points effect navagation and line control. ( illustration 6 )

A popular method of mounting the planer mast is to use a pedestal seat mount ( sold in our Parts Department ). It fits Springfield Taperlock seat bases, that are common on most boats. The seat mount makes the mast easily removable for storage. ( illustration 7 )

Two single reel planer masts mounted on the gunwales just behind the cabin or canopy top are popular for larger boats where the bow is not easily accessable. ( illustration 8 )

Or you can upgrade your mast with a pair of electric planer reels. Big Jon electric reels come complete with remote switches and circuit breakers, so you can operate them from the cabin. ( illustration 9 )

Plan your boat for comfort and safety. Having to much equipment, or having it located in the wrong place can hamper your ability to move around freely. Before mounting any equipment, get in your boat with your fishing buddies and discuss the best location for each piece of equipment. All equipment should be easily accessable to all fishermen.

Tiller Boat w/ Transom Mounted Downriggers

Tiller Boat w/ Midship Mounted Downriggers

Console Boat w/ 2 Captain's Paks on Swivel Mounts

Console Boat w/ 2 Pro Sportsmen & 2 Captain's Paks

Consol Boat w/ 4 Captain's Paks on a Transom Bar

Tiller Boat w/ Bow Mounted Dual Manual Planer Rigger

Tiller Boat w/ Pedestal Seat Mounted Dual Manual Planer Rigger

Console Boat w/ 2 Single Manual Planer Riggers

Console Boat w/ Dual Electric Planer Riggers

 

Big Jon, Inc

 

The use of a downrigger is called trolling and it is one of the most effective ways to catch fish. Trolling gives you many advantages, since the bait is at the precise depth of the fish and modern technology such as fish counters combine to give you a no-fail fishing method. A downrigger is a braided wire hung off the end of your boat, and a heavy weight is hung off the end. The downrigger can be lowered to a certain depth, and a fishing line is hooked to a release mechanism. When a fish bites, the line is released and you are set to reel in your catch. More expensive downriggers are equipped with precise counters to see at what depth the weight is.
    
The trick to using a downrigger is to have the right amount of tension on the line. As you release the downrigger behind your boat, the line will tend to balloon slightly. Although this is normal, you don't want it to be excessive. The key is to have enough slack to avoid the tension pulling the line from the release prematurely, but having enough tension to realize it when you get a bite; this will take some practice.

Since the line balloons while trolling, when a fish bites there is momentary slack in the line. This can be compensated for by using a very light rod, and making a bend in it while the line is attached to the release. When there is a bite, the rod springs up, and you know right away that you've caught something. A Scotty release system is helpful when down rigging. When attached, and tension is placed on the line as just mentioned, the release snap is pointed upwards, but when released it points down and causes the rod tip to wiggle. This is also helpful if a small fish not strong enough to trigger the release mechanism is caught on your line.
 
You want your leader line close enough to the weight so that when it passes the fish, they don't lose interest by the time your lure gets there. A good rule of thumb is not to fish more then 15 ft. behind your weight.
     
Six to eight pounds for the weight is typical for freshwater fishing with moderate depth, while a ten pound weight on the downrigger is used for saltwater fishing. Although this weight may look impressive, you must remember that there is never any weight on the actual rod, so don't be afraid to use a larger weight to get you down to the depth you want. When picking out a weight, there are several types and shapes. Lead or cast iron is the most popular material, and there are shapes ranging from simple round weights to fish shaped and torpedo shaped with fins. If you are attaching the line to the release mechanism built into the wire downrigger, get a weight with fins so it will not spin and tangle your line.
     
The use of downriggers allows the use of very light rods and lines. Light lines make sense so that ballooning out and drag is minimized. High-retrieve reels are preferable for downriggers, and get your lure up fast even when it is deep. A high-speed reel can keep up with a downrigger without a lot of drag and tangling.
    
 Electronic fish-finders allow you to pinpoint the location of schools of fish, and some even differentiate between baitfish and game fish. Some monitors show temperature differences in the water, and where there is an increase it is shown as a line on the screen. Baitfish is usually found on either side of this, and where there are baitfishes there are game fish. Another method is to set the transducer to continuously show the downrigger on your screen, but when using a lot of equipment, this can become cumbersome and you won't be able to view your lure.
     
When it comes to actually shopping for your downrigger, you have to cater to the size of your boat. Smaller boats will be better off with a downrigger with an arm length of 20 to 24 inches, while larger boats will require 30 to 48 inches. If you can afford it, there are also electrical downriggers available, which is nice when you only have to push one button to bring up your weight. However, these can be a nuisance on smaller boats, so you might have to go with a manual one if you don't have the space. Mounting position also has a lot to do with the downrigger you should purchase. If you can mount the downrigger on the stern or on the side, close enough to the stern, 24 to 30 inches should be perfect. If mounted on the side more then a few feet away from the stern, you might want to consider a downrigger with an arm length of up to 48 inches. This is so that when the boat turns, the wire doesn't scrape the side or the front of the boat, as a short-arm downrigger mounted near the front will do.

If you are just starting out with downriggers, you might want to try going out on a charter boat and seeing first-hand how it's all done. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and then go out and catch your own!