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    Re: Downrigger Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret1972 View Post
    Mine donít swivel, so I take it off, but even if it did, I learned my lesson with some new rod holders I bought.
    Put on my brand new Orca rod holders and got to the boat launch to find that one had vibrated the screw loose.... I had a little stub sticking out of the mount, but nothing attached. Iíd be concerned about vibrations on the downriggers working screws lose.
    Mine have always swiveled as I got them installed by the boat dealership. I have had a base break due to hitting the dock at Topaz, not a hard job but getting the right base was only as difficult as buying one at Sportsman's Warehouse in Carson City. I did loose a couple of pole holders at Pyramid a few years ago, as they fell from the swim platform as I was leaving the dock. I fixed that by putting extensions on a few of them and wrapping them with pipe insulator material and zip ties so that they would float (just wrapped it around the extension with the zip ties around them).......Jetspray
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    Re: Downrigger Question

    Mine donít swivel, so I take it off, but even if it did, I learned my lesson with some new rod holders I bought.
    Put on my brand new Orca rod holders and got to the boat launch to find that one had vibrated the screw loose.... I had a little stub sticking out of the mount, but nothing attached. Iíd be concerned about vibrations on the downriggers working screws lose.
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    Re: Downrigger Question

    Mine swivel... just turn them in and have never taken them off to travel. Zero issues.

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    Re: Downrigger Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterdog View Post
    ... Just donít leave them sticking out to the side ...
    Now you tell me . j/k .

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    Re: Downrigger Question

    I donít see a problem leaving them on when towing the boat. Itís certainly way more convenient. I stow mine but only because when I travel with my boat top down it rides on the downriggers. Just donít leave them sticking out to the side and check the bolts before every trip to be sure they are tight.
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    Re: Downrigger Question

    I do not have swivel bases and I don't want them sticking out the side so I remove mine when the boat is on the trailer. I also remove one side when pulling up to the dock.

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    Re: Downrigger Question

    I used to travel with the downriggers mounted but an incident changed all that and I have been carrying them stowed for about 15 years. Coming home on 4 lane highway 395 from a nearby lake, a deer came out of nowhere and tried to jump the boat as we traveled along at 55 mph. Needless to say, neither the deer nor the downrigger and mount survived. The insurance claims adjuster said deer trying cross highways are a common cause of boat accidents in rural areas. I choose to be safe rather than lazy and sorry, but I fish in areas where there are a lot of deer. If I fished the flatland with more roads than woods, I might think differently.
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    Re: Downrigger Question

    I trailer with them on. Not just local but to Moss and Bodega.

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    Downrigger Question

    Do you stow your downriggers or travel/trailer with them on their base plates? Thanks..

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