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Positive Ion Control

 

This feature is based on the principle that applying a low voltage positive electrical field into the water where you’re fishing will attract fish and increase your chances to catch more fish. Since fish are attracted by a slight positive charge and repelled by a strong positive or negative charge, generating and controlling the correct charge can be critical to the success of your fishing. With Cannon’s® exclusive Positive Ion Control you can change the natural negative field created by the grounded electrical system of your boat to a positive field. More information on how fish respond to electricity can be found in “The Secrets of Fishing with Electricity” by Ollie Rode.

Short-Stop

 

Automatically stops the weight at the water’s surface, preventing the lift motor from raising it into the pulley at the end of the boom.  When the downrigger cable is in the water, a small electrical current flows between the cable and grounded metal boat components in the water.  When the cable clears the water, the current flow stops.  The Short-Stop system senses this interruption and turns off the motor.  The trolling weight insulator is used to break the cable contact to the water while the weight is still in the water.  Stopping the weight at water level eliminates the cable strain caused by a bouncing weight or a weight hitting the boom end, and it also keeps the weight from swinging into the boat hull.  This feature requires the boat to be properly grounded.

Stainless Steel Spool

 

For our tournament-fishing friends, we offer a stainless steel spool, capable of supporting either monofilament or any of the popular “super lines.” The only stainless steel spool in the industry, it eliminates the noise vibration and harmonics created when trolling with a steel cable.  When the money is at stake, you’ll get silent trolling and proven Cannon performance.

Digi-Troll™


Advanced electronic control panel provides:

  • Cycle function automatically jigs the weight up and down at a set depth / time interval
  • Memory storage of five different depths
  • Programmable descent / retrieval rates of 110, 150 or 250 feet per minute
  • Bottom tracking mode that keeps weight at a set distance off the bottom (with purchase of optional transducer)
  • Three-digit digital depth counter
  • Network capability to use one transducer for bottom tracking on multiple Digi-Troll™ IV HS’s (with purchase of optional relay cables)
  • Auto-up function, stops weight at water line

Advanced technologies enhance our hard working downriggers to outfit you with the advantages you need to catch more fish. We understand the fisherman’s passion, and we’ve built it into every Cannon downrigger on the water. 

FAQ

What is a Clutch-Brake? 

A clutch-brake on a downrigger is essential. On a manual downrigger it allows the user to control the descent of the weight without cranking. Turn the crank handle or clutch knob slightly backward for a slow descent. Turn it further to increase the rate. Stop the weight by simply turning the handle forward again. Should the weight ever get hung up, the clutch system will slip and prevent the breakage of the unit.

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What is Short Stop? 

Short Stop is a Cannon exclusive feature that automatically stops the weight at the water’s surface, preventing the lift motor from raising it into the pulley at the end of the boom. When the downrigger cable is in the water, a small electrical current flows between the cable and grounded metal boat components in the water. When the cable clears the water, the current flow stops. The short stop system senses this interruption and turns off the motor. The trolling weight insulator is used to break the cable contact to the water while the weight is still in the water. Stopping the weight at water level eliminates the cable strain caused by a bouncing weight or a weight hitting the boom end and it also keeps the weight from swinging into the boat hull. This feature comes on all Cannon electric downriggers and requires the boat to be properly grounded.

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What is Positive Ion Control (PIC)? 

This feature is based on the principle that applying a low voltage positive electrical field into the water where you’re fishing will attract fish and increase your chances to catch more fish. Since fish are attracted by a slight positive charge and repelled by a strong positive or negative charge, generating and controlling the correct charge can be critical to the success of your fishing.

With Cannon’s exclusive Positive Ion Control you can change the natural negative field created by the grounded electrical system of your boat to a positive field. More information on how fish respond to electricity can be found in The Secrets of Fishing with Electricity by Ollie Rode.

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What is blowback? 

Simply stated, blowback is what happens to the downrigger weight when you pull it through the water behind your boat. As your speed increases, so does the horizontal distance between the weight and your downrigger. The faster you go, the farther the weight is behind you. The farther the weight is behind you, the shallower the weight is.

For example, if you are trolling @ 4 MPH with an 8 pound weight and you have 100’ of cable in the water; the downrigger ball is actually at a depth of 80’.

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What is the main advantage to using an electric downrigger? 

The main advantage to running an electric downrigger is when it’s time to bring the weight to the surface. Simply toggle the up switch and walk away – Cannon’s exclusive short stop will automatically stop the lift motor when the weight hits the surface of the water. With manual downriggers, you manually raise the weight by turning a crank handle. Deep water fishing is when you will really appreciate an electric downrigger. 

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Why would I need a stainless steel spool? 

Many saltwater anglers want to run monofilament or superline instead of cable. Plastic spools can break when spooled with these types of line, so all of Cannon’s Tournament Series downriggers come with a stainless steel spool.

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What are the advantages to having a downrigger spooled with monofilament? 

First, cable tends to act like a long guitar string when it’s pulled through the water, creating an audible hum that can spook fish. Mono runs silent when pulled through the water. Second, kingfish anglers like the ability to quickly cut their downrigger line if a fish makes a run toward it, to prevent them from losing it. It is much quicker and easier to cut mono than it is to cut braided stainless steel cable.

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Will short stop and positive ion control function if I re-spool my Cannon downrigger with monofilament or braided line? 

No, both of these features rely on the stainless steel cable to conduct an electrical current into water. Since monofilament and superlines will not conduct an electrical current, these features will not function when the downrigger is re-spooled with them.

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What is the warranty on Cannon downriggers? 

Click here to view warranty information about our Cannon products.

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Do you have a repair center? 

We have over 30 U.S. repair centers. You can locate a Cannon Authorized Service Center by using our Service Center locator in the Cannon web site.

Or in the USA and Canada call our toll free number 1-800-227-6433.

 

Cannon Product Manuals

 


The following documents are in the Portable Document Format (PDF). In order to view these files, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free from the Adobe Web site.

Downrigger Specifications

Downriggers - Manual Downriggers - NEW for 2013

Downrigger Accessories

Downriggers - Models manufactured in 2011 or later

 

Downriggers - Models manufactured prior to 2011

CannonLink

Speed-N-Temp

 

Cannon Warranty

 

CANNON® LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY

Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that if the accompanying product (see exclusions below) proves to be defective in material or workmanship within the following warranty periods, Johnson Outdoors Inc. will, at its option, either repair or replace same without charge (but no cash refunds will be made): 

  • The boom, motor, and reels, plus all plastic parts, including but not limited to frames and bases, will be free from defects in materials and workmanship, subject to normal wear and tear, for the original purchaser’s lifetime. 
     
  • All other items will have 1-year limited warranties from the date of original retail purchase, except THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THAT HAVE NO WARRANTY WHATSOEVER: boot covers, clothing, dacron line, rubber bands, swivel lock pin, weights, and wire cable.


This limited warranty may be enforced only by the original purchaser; all subsequent purchasers acquire the product “as is” without any benefit of this limited warranty. Repair or replacement of the product as set forth in this limited warranty shall be the original purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc . sole and exclusive liability for breach of this warranty.

EXCLUSIONS
This warranty does not apply in the following circumstances:
 

  • When the product has been connected, installed, combined, altered, adjusted, serviced, repaired, or handled in a manner other than according to the instructions furnished with the product.
  • When the motor housing is opened by anyone other than Cannon® Authorized Service repair personnel.
  • When any defect, problem, loss, or damage has resulted from any accident, misuse, negligence, carelessness, or abnormal use, or from any failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance in accordance with the instructions of the owner's manual.

LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CERTAIN DAMAGES
 

THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OTHER THAN THESE LIMITED WARRANTIES. JOHNSON OUTDOORS MARINE ELECTRONICS, INC. DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES (EXCEPT ON THE BOOM, MOTOR, REELS, AND ALL PLASTIC PARTS), INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, EXTEND BEYOND ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE (AND IN THE CASE OF THE BOOT COVERS, CLOTHING, DACRON LINE, RUBBER BANDS, SWIVEL LOCK PIN, WEIGHTS, AND WIRE CABLE, JOHNSON OUTDOORS MARINE ELECTRONICS, INC. DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES). THIS WRITING CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF; NO WAIVER OR AMENDMENT SHALL BE VALID UNLESS IN WRITING SIGNED BY JOHNSON OUTDOORS MARINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state.
 

 

CANNON® SERVICE POLICY

AFTER THE APPLICABLE WARRANTY PERIOD
After the applicable warranty period, or, if one of the above exclusions applies, Cannon® products will be repaired for a charge of parts plus labor. All factory repairs, after the applicable warranty period, carry a 90-Day Limited Warranty, subject to the exclusions and limitations stated above.
 

 

TO ENFORCE WARRANTY OR TO OBTAIN REPAIRS AFTER WARRANTY
To obtain warranty service in the U.S., the downrigger or part believed to be defective and the proof of original purchase (including the date of purchase) must be presented to a Cannon® Authorized Service Center or to Cannon®’s factory service center in Mankato, MN. Except as noted below, any charges incurred for service calls, transportation or shipping/freight to/from the Cannon® Authorized Service Center or Cannon®’s factory, labor to haul out, remove, re-install or re-rig products for warranty service, or any similar items are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the purchaser. Warranty service can be arranged by contacting a Cannon® Authorized Service Center or by contacting the factory at 1-800-227-6433 or Fax 1-800-527-4464. If the necessary repairs are covered by the warranty, we will pay the return shipping charges to any destination within the United States. Downriggers purchased outside of the U.S. (or parts of such downriggers) must be returned prepaid with proof of purchase (including the date of purchase and serial number) to any Authorized Cannon® Service Center in the country of purchase.
DO NOT return your Cannon® downrigger or parts to your retailer. Your retailer is not authorized to repair or replace them.
Major parts, such as the motor and main frame, must be returned to Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. in Mankato, Minnesota, or a Cannon® Authorized Service Center, for repair or replacement. To reduce shipping costs, we suggest removal of loose parts such as the boom and rod holders. Small parts that can be easily removed such as the handle and/or the counter, may be removed from the downrigger and returned for repair or replacement.
 

Retain your sales receipt! Proof of purchase must accompany product when returned.
 

Return Address:
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Attn: Cannon Returns
121 Power Drive
Mankato, MN 56001






  
       


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