ED02012L - Sportsman Electric Downrigger -
|Big Jon Sports' entry level electric
downrigger, the "Sportsman" was designed for the small boat fisherman. It is
designed to be fished straight off the back of the boat.
Big Jon Sports' entry level electric downrigger, the "Sportsman" was designed
for the small boat fisherman. It is designed to be fished straight off the back
of the boat. Don't let the entry level status fool you, this unit still has alot
of the features found on the Captain's Pak. With over 40 years on the water,
this downrigger is built to last the test of time.
The Sportsman's 12 volt sealed motor is the same motor found on the Captain's
Pak and features an adjustable disc clutch that will retrieve a 12 pound
cannonball at 120 feet per minute (a practical speed for most fishermen's
The Sportsman has as standard equipment: a single rod holder and a Big Jon
The Band Buster line release is one of the simplest line releases you could
ask to use. Also, it is very popular because it signals when a fish strikes, by
transmitting the action to the rod tip, making the rod tip bounce.
Also included with your Sportsman is; a 4 inch x 4 inch mounting plate, a
footage counter, and 200 feet of stainless steel cable.
All Big Jon downriggers are given a bright anodized finish that will resist
corrosion and add a beauty to your boat that plastic riggers can not offer. The
bright Silver finish will make your boat shine.
Frequently Asked Questions:
do I set my counter to zero?
Lower your cannonball to just below the water's surface, then lift the counter
spring and move it off the counter wheel (to the counter side). Once the counter
spring is clear of the counter wheel, you can rotate the counter wheel until the
counter reads all zeros. Then, return the counter spring to it's original
position over the counter wheel.
Question: Why is my
downrigger motor growling and why does the counter run backwards?
to see if the cable is coming off the top of the reel. If it is, the downrigger
has been run out to the entire length of the cable, and then rewound with the
motor running in the wrong direction. This puts a higher torque load on the
motor shaft. To correct this, run the cable out to the end and rewind in the
right direction by pressing the top of the toggle switch.
Question: Why are my
planer reels cracking and breaking?
The planer reel will crack and break if it has been wound with monofilament
line or "Weed Whacker" line. These materials have a memory. Once the line has
been streched out during use, then reeled in it will return to it's original
size. The shrinking of the monfilament line may cause the reel to crack and
Question: I would
like to be extra safe and use an in-line fuse from the power supply to my
downriggers. What size fuse should I use?
you are powering only one downrigger per power cable, use a 15 amp fuse. If you
are powering two downriggers per cable, then you will need to use a 30 amp fuse.
Question: I am having
trouble with my rod holder caps coming off. What can I use to keep them on?
We recommend using silicone sealant or "Gorilla Glue®".