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The Big Jon's Sportsman Electric Downrigger is loaded with features that make this rigger a popular choice among both professional and recreation anglers. This rigger is transom mounted and has the same reliable motor that is found in the Big Jon's Captain's Pack Electric Downrigger. It is ideal for an entry level downrigger and is designed for fishing off of smaller boats.

Like all Big Jon Downriggers, the Big Jon's Sportsman Electric Downrigger features precision machined aircraft grade aluminum construction and is given a protective anodized finish for corrosion resistance in any conditions. The 2 ft. boom of the Sportsman is designed for the rigger to be used straight back from the transom.

Features of the Big Jon's Sportsman Electric Downrigger include:

  • Aircraft grade aluminum construction with protective, anodized bright silver finish
  • 2' J-boom design
  • Powerful 12 volt sealed motor with adjustable disc clutch
  • Single clamp-on rod holder
  • 4"x4" mounting plate with hold down knobs
  • 200' of stainless steel cable
  • Line counter (Measures in feet)

Specifications for the Big Jon's Sportsman Electric Downrigger can be seen in the Specifications tab above.

The Big Jon's Sportsman Electric Downrigger is made in the U.S.A. and has a Lifetime Warranty against defective workmanship and/or material defects when used for the purpose intended, under normal conditions, and provided the product receives proper care.

 

Big Jon Sportsman Electric Downrigger
Specifications
ModelRetrieval Rate
(ft. per min.)
MotorBoom StyleMounting BaseRod holder
Sportsman12012 Volt2' J-Boom Design4' x 4' Plate1 Clamp On
Review Summary
4.6
( 12 Reviews )
of customers would recommend this product.
100%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (6), Recreational (2)
Pros
Easy To Store (5)
Easy To Handle (5)
Easy To Use (4)
Durable (3)
Strong (3)
Cons
Best Uses
Fresh Water (6)
Trolling (6)
Deep Water (4)

I would buy this product again
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Perrysburg OH

About Me:
Beginner
Great product and easy to assemble and use. Product manual well written. Up/down switch is too sensitive, too easy to pass the center off position to the up position. Maybe a spring loaded (momentary up/down rocker) switch would be a better solution. Once you get used to the feel of the switch, controling it is easy.

Pros: Easy To Handle, Easy To Store, Strong

Cons: Power switch too soft

Best Uses: Fresh Water, Trolling, Deep Water

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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big jon electric downrigger
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
australia

About Me:
Avid Fisher
very strong. my mate did not set clutch correctly bomb got caught up and 200lb. wire broke .no damage to boat,bracket,or arm of downrigger

Pros: Easy To Handle, Easy To Store, Strong

Cons: none

Best Uses: Deep Water, Trolling

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Good size for not too big boat
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Toronto, Ontario

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Two major additions that needs to be done: 1. The swivel sits are useful feature. You can easily remove the downriggers from the boat if you do not need them. However, you need to buy a downrigger plug and receptacle. 2. Provided line release clip is not a good and needs to be replaced.

Pros: Easy To Handle, Good For Variety Of Fish, Easy To Store

Cons: Missing auto stop

Best Uses: Deep Water, Trolling

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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DOES THE JOB
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
CT

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
CONS NO AUTO SHUT OFF,BUT DOES NOT TRIP CIRCUT BRAKER IF YOU DONT SET THE CLUTCH TOO TIGHT. PROS, EASY TO INSTALL AND EASY TOO USE. LACKS HIGH SPEED BUT I FISH DEPTHS LESS THEN 100 FEET,SO ITS PLENTY FAST ENOUGH AND VERY EASY TOO CONTROL AND ADJUST THE DEPTH. GOOD DEAL!

Pros: Strong, Good For Variety Of Fish, Easy To Store, Easy To Handle

Cons: none

Best Uses: Trolling, Fresh Water

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Silver Bay, Mn

About Me:
Casual Fisher
The two Big Jon Downriggers were priced right[...] all parts were included along with mounting instructions, and they work great for trolling on Lake Superior. I do thank you!Jim Andrews, Silver Bay, Mn.

Pros: Good For Variety Of Fish

Cons: none

Best Uses: Fresh Water, Trolling, Deep Water

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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big jon downrigger
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Verified
Buyer
windsor ontario canada

About Me:
Avid Fisher
good for rainbow and salmon very convenient for smaller boats smaller cannonballs recomended

Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Handle

Cons: none

Best Uses: Fresh Water, Trolling

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great for the avid deep water fisherman
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Milwaukee Wisconsin

About Me:
Avid Fisher
A perfect rigger for my 18 ft. Lund, the swivel is a must. Strong and silent with a professional look to it. I have three in use now and never a breakdown. I fish solo quite often so it is nice to just push a button to get the cable out of the water fast. Almost perfect, just needs an automatic shutoff.

Pros: none

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Super Deal
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Verified
Buyer
Muskegon, Mi

About Me:
none
I shopped around and this is the best deal on these downriggers I could find if you add in the free swivel bases. A [$] value I couldn't find a better deal anywhere on the internet. The downriggers speak for themself. Big Jon makes high quility riggers. This is one happy guy!

Pros: High Quality, Good Value, Durable

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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I'm very happy with the product
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Seneca Lake -NY State

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Freshwater lake trolling

Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Fresh Water

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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I Should Have Bought These Years Ago!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Brantford, Ontario ,Canada

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I will use these riggers mainly for salmon and steelhead fishing in lake Ontario or wherever these fish are found.They are easy to use,just push a button up and down to the desired level.No hard work or sweating..very enjoyable.There is nothing I can say that that are bad about these riggers,(just if the fish are not co-operating is my only thing).I would recommend these to all.

Pros: Easy To Use, Functional, Durable, Easy To Maintain

Cons: none

Best Uses: Traveling, Fresh Water, Salt Water

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Big Jon Sportsman Electric
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Waukegan, Illinois

About Me:
Recreational
Great unit for the money. Bought the Sportsman models instead of the Tournament Electrics due to space concerns. Would like to see Big Jon develop a downrigger ball mount similiar to Cannon that hangs from the boom.

Pros: Quality Construction, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Attractive Design

Cons: Needs a way to hang ball

Best Uses: Large Boats, Small Boats

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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More than I could have hoped for
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Syracuse, UT

About Me:
Recreational
I wanted a strong, good looking, compact downrigger. The other brands were just to big and bulky. I spent months looking on the internet before I found these Big John downriggers at Fish USA. My dad is now thinking about converting his downriggers to some new Big John's.

Pros: Easy To Clean, Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Attractive Design

Cons: No Cons

Best Uses: 24 ft open bow boat, Needed smaller base

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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