Cannon EASI-TROLL -E User Manual

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NOTE: Do not return your CANNON® Downrigger to your retailer. Your retailer is not authorized to repair or replace this unit. You may obtain service by:

calling CANNON® at1-800-227-6433;

returning your downrigger to the Factory Service Center;

sending or taking your downrigger to any CANNON® Authorized Service Center on enclosed list.

Please include proof of purchase, serial number and purchase date for warranty service with any of the above options.


Introduction to Downriggers


pg. 2

The Effects of Blowback


pg. 12

Mounting Your Downrigger


pg. 2-7

Maintaining Your Downrigger

pg. 13

Attaching the Crank Handle




pg. 8



pg. 13

Terminator & Line Release



pg. 9

Trolling Tips





pg. 14

Cannon Uni-Release





pg. 9

Warranty Information


pg. 15

Attaching the Rod Holder


pg. 10

Cannon Service Policy



pg. 15

Operating Your Downrigger




pg. 11

Authorized Service Centers


See List

downriggers to Introduction

Introduction to Controlled Depth Fishing

Undoubtedly there are many fishermen familiar with the methods and use of controlled depth fishing. During the mid 1960's the state of Michigan introduced Pacific salmon into the Great lakes in an attempt to revitalize its sport fishing industry. From this successful transplant, new fishing techniques and equipment were developed. One such method was controlled depth fishing which enabled fishermen to place a lure at a desired depth by utilizing downriggers.

Because of the varying factors (water temperature, thermocline, weather, tides, time of day, or time of year) it is necessary for successful fishing to maintain specific water depths that coincide with fish movements and feeding patterns.

One essential feature of the downrigger is the depth meter or gauge that indicates lure depth. This allows the angler to control as well as return to specific depths where fish have been caught.

Due to the success of controlled depth fishing, downriggers are now being used throughout the world to catch a wide variety of species in both fresh and salt water. Whether fishing for blues off Rhode Island, walleyes in Lake Erie, sailfish off the coast of Florida, or stripers in Tennessee, the use of downriggers will make your fishing more successful and more enjoyable.

Attach Line Release to Rear Hook on Weight

Parts Description



This is used to spool the cable, available in lengths ranging from 150 to 400 feet.



This is used to extend the weight out from the body of the downrigger and has a pulley fixed



to its end. Boom lengths range from 24 to 53 inches.


Swivel Head

This relays the cable at the end of the boom to lower the weight.



This is used to maintain the depth at which you want to fish. Sizes of weights range from 4 to



20 lbs.



This connects to the weight. Cable material is 150 lb. test stainless steel cable.


Depth Meter

This determines how much cable you have run out, enabling you to choose your trolling




7.Mounting Base This attaches to the boat, enabling you to place the downrigger where you choose.

8.Rod Holder This holds your fishing rods while trolling and may also be used for storing rods.


Downrigger Mounting on Boats

A downrigger should be mounted where ever it is easy to operate and observe. You want to be able to see your fishing rod and to react quickly. So, choosing a good spot to mount your downrigger on your boat is 99% of the job.

Due to the great variety of boats available, mounting your downrigger can be a dilemma. Having proper mounting accessories is essential. Cannon has a complete line of mounting accessories to conveniently mount your downriggers on any boat.

Mounting Accessories

Deck Plates are necessary when extra strength must be added to the base material of the boat and for attaching the downrigger to other mounting accessories.

Gimbal Mounts are designed to fit mediumsized flush mounted rod holders built into the gunwale of many larger fishing boats and cruisers. Only sturdy, high quality rod holders should be used for this temporary mounting system. Gimbal mounts are available in 9" or 12" post lengths.

Clamp Mounts can be mounted at the junction of two rail sections with the aid of two ¼" pieces of plywood. They will protect your rail from any marks from the clamp and provide anon-slipsurface.

Arrows Indicate

Mounting Locations

Deck Plate

Gimbal Mount

Clamp Mount




Side Rail Mounting

Side/Rail mounts can be mounted to a welded T-section.It can also be used at the two rail section butt joint. In both installations it is recommended to use anon-slipmaterial, such as rubber or a thin wood sheet, between metal surfaces.

You can also use these for mounting to a very narrow side gunwale. There is a plate provided for back-upwith bolts and washers. If the gunwale compartment is foamed in, then wellnuts should be used. It is also recommended to install two additional flat head screws through the top plate for stabilization (you will need to drill and countersink).

NOTE: In no case should this mount be used on fiberglass ¼" thick or less unless it is foamed in.

Pedestal Mounting

Pedestals are used wherever additional height is needed for ease of operation or to clear obstructions, such as handrails.

Caution: When using a pedestal mount or side/rail mount, do not extend the telescopic boom on your Easi-TrollHS \Lake-Troll.The increased leverage will cause excessive strain and possible failure of the mount.

Side/Rail on T-Section

Side/Rail on Gunwale

Pedestal for Additional Height


Installing the Base on Your Boat

Decks up to 7/16" thick

Where access to the underside of the deck is not available, the mounting base can be mounted using wellnuts. Use the base as a template to mark locations and drill four 1/2" holes. Mount the base using four 1/4"-20x 1 1/2" truss head screws and four wellnuts. Tighten the screws so the wellnuts are firmly compressed as pictured.

Decks thicker than 7/16"

For decks thicker than 7/16", or where the underside of the deck is accessible, mount the base with screws, nuts, and washers. Use the base as a template to mark the locations and drill four 9/32" holes. Use four 1/4" -20x 2 1/2" truss head screws and four each flat washers, lock washers, and nuts. Fasten the base to the deck as pictured.

NOTE: Wellnutscannot be used on decks thicker than 7/16".












Note Locking


Slots in Base







up to













Decks Thicker Than 7/16"


Washer, Lock Washer, and


1/4-20Hex Nut




Decks thinner than 1/4"

Use a Cannon Deck Plate to prevent deflection and add stability to decks thinner than 1/4". Use the deck plate as a template to mark the hole locations.

If access to the underside of the deck is not available, the deck plate can be mounted using screws and wellnuts. Drill 1/2" holes. Use four 1/4”-20x 2" flat head screws and four wellnuts to mount deck plate as pictured. Tighten the screws so the wellnuts are firmly compressed.

Where the underside is accessible, mount the deck plate using screws, nuts, and washers. Drill 9/32" holes. Use four 1/4”-20x 2" flat head screws, nuts and washers (flat and lock). Fasten plate to deck as pictured. To secure the lowprofile base to the deckplate use four1/4”-20x 1 1/2" truss head screws.

Cannon Deck Plate

Deck Up to 7/16" Thick




Deck Thicker Than 7/16"


Washers, Screws,


& Nuts

NOTE: When using the telescopic boom, we strongly recommend the use of a deck plate on all boats to provide adequate stability for the downrigger.

Low-ProfileSwivel Base

To mount the Low-Profile Swivel Base,Low-Profile Swivel Base follow the same procedure as for the deck plate

with this exception: use four 1/4"-20x1-1/2"truss head screws to fasten the mounting base and four additional1/4"-20x2-1/2"truss head screws to attach the swivel base to the boat deck.

Mounting the Downrigger on the Base

Slide the bottom of the frame over the lip of the base, with the boom outboard or facing the stern. Move the frame over the base until the latch clicks into place. If properly seated, the frame should completely cover the base.

CAUTION: If not fully seated, your downrigger can be dislodged from the base.

Tip: Periodically check base to ensure integrity.

The base should be replaced at least every 5 Latch years.


Setting Up Your Downrigger

Attaching the Boom

The boom inserts into the downrigger frame. Be sure that the boom is held securely by seating it firmly against the shoulder inside the fame and fastening the boom locking screw (#8 X 1” self tapping) so that it engages the hole in the boom.

Assemble Swivel Head To Boom

Spread the swivel head side plates and slip the assembly over the boom end. Snap the assembly together and install two #4 x 1/2" screws into the swivel head.

For Lake-Troll only: On swivel head assembly with counter leave the corrugated spacer in place until the assembly is snapped together, remove the spacer and install the screws.

TIP: Adjusting the angle of the boom head can help control cable wrap on the reel.

The 3/4"-LongPhillips

Screw Must Engage

Hole in Boom


#4 x 1/2" Screws (2)


handle crank the Attaching

Attaching the Crank Handle Assembly

Make sure the thrust bearing is sandwiched between its two races. The thrust bearing spring should be oriented where the narrow end is toward the bearing. Slide the bearing with races and spring over the ratchet shaft. Then, carefully thread the crank handle onto the shaft and continue turning the handle clockwise until the clutch is fully tightened

NOTE: Place your fingertip on the edge of the bearing and races. This allows the crank to be threaded more easily until the spring puts resistance on the clutch pad.

Thrust Bearing



Crank Handle



Terminating the Downrigger Cable


Rubber Cushion

Tip: A set of pliers with wire cutters is recommended for this part of setup.

Unwind about 2 feet of cable and thread the cable through the rubber cushion.

Attach to terminator.

Snap &


Lead cable into HOLE A.

Pull six inches of cable through. Thread cable through swivel, then up into bottom of the terminator.

Lead cable out of HOLE B and into HOLE C. Push the cable until its end touches the inside of the terminator hook.

TIP: Use only straight cable, not kinked.

Tighten cable by squeezing terminator until it snaps shut.

HOLE A Then pull at top and bottom

until drawn tight. Make sure that the cable threads in groove of the hook.


Examine the top of the terminator and note the order shown in the detail to run cable.





Slide the cushion over the top of the terminator and give it a test pull.

The cable is set to attach a Cannon

Trolling Weight.

Cannon Uni-Release



The Cannon Uni-Releaseattaches directly to



the downrigger weight. Attach fishing line to the



clip at the end of the release, and then click



through a series of increasing tension settings.



The release can be used with any test line on salt



or fresh water and may be adjusted from 2 to 22


Fishing Line

pounds of grip tension on the line.




To change line release tension, turn tension knob





to (+) to increase or (-)to decrease. Tension also



may vary according to where the line is placed in



the grips. Higher tension is on the line if it is set



back toward the hinge, and lower if set closer to



the opening. To open the release, spread the



release arms with thumb and forefinger applying



pressure to the sides.






Attaching the Rod Holder

The positive lock rod holder incorporates a locking disk that allows the rod holder to be aligned in 15 degree increments. Slide the rod holder tube into the clamp to the desired position within the recommended area (see below).

Be sure the angled shoulders are facing up. Place the locking disk into the mating recess of the frame.

Slip the clamp arms in place where the obround tab on the disk fits into the slot on the clamp. Slide the star washer between the arm of the clamp and the frame. Place the flat washer onto the bolt. Then insert the bolt with washer through the clamp by entering the disk, going through the frame, the star washer, and out the other side of the clamp. Tighten the nut to secure the rod holder. Reposition the rod holder by loosening the nut and adjusting the tilt.

CAUTION: This rod holder is intended for use of up to 30 lb. test line only, and is not recommended for use with any tackle IGFA rated higher than 30 lb. A safety strap (not included) is recommended for all applications.

The rod holder assembly is not warranted when used with tackle above 30 lbs. Equipment placed in the rod holders and the loss thereof is the responsibility of the user and is in no way warranted by JOHNSON OUTDOORS, INC. Mounting must be in accordance with the above instructions and diagram to be warranted.

Single Rod Holder Assembly

Dual Rod Holder Assembly

Star Washer

Recommended Placement

Area to Clamp

Rod Holder