Cannon EASI-TROLL HS User Manual
READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR NEW
CANNON® DOWNRIGGER. ®
RETAIN FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
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® at
• 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
The Effects of Blowback
Mounting Your Downrigger
Maintaining Your Downrigger
Attaching the Crank Handle
Terminator & Line Release
Attaching the Rod Holder
Cannon Service Policy
Operating Your Downrigger
Authorized Service Centers
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
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.
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
This connects to the weight. Cable material is 150 lb. test stainless steel cable.
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.
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 a
SETUP & MOUNTING
SETUP & MOUNTING
Side Rail Mounting
Side/Rail mounts can be mounted to a welded
You can also use these for mounting to a very narrow side gunwale. There is a plate provided for
NOTE: In no case should this mount be used on fiberglass ¼" thick or less unless it is foamed in.
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
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
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"
NOTE: Wellnutscannot be used on decks thicker than 7/16".
Slots in Base
Decks Thicker Than 7/16"
Washer, Lock Washer, and
SETUP & MOUNTING
SETUP & MOUNTING
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
Where the underside is accessible, mount the deck plate using screws, nuts, and washers. Drill 9/32" holes. Use four
Cannon Deck Plate
Deck Up to 7/16" Thick
Deck Thicker Than 7/16"
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.
To mount the
with this exception: use four
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.
TIP: Adjusting the angle of the boom head can help control cable wrap on the reel.
Screw Must Engage
Hole in Boom
SETUP & MOUNTING
#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.
Terminating the Downrigger Cable
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.
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
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
pounds of grip tension on the line.
To change line release tension, turn tension knob
to (+) to increase or
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.
RELEASE LINE & TERMINATOR
HOLDER ROD THE ATTACHING
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
Area to Clamp