Definition of downrigger

A trolling device used by anglers to drop heavy weights attached to a main cable from the back or side of a moving boat with clips to hold their fishing line to a specific depth. When a fish strikes the bait or lure, the clip will release the line to allow the angler to land the fish with the rod and reel.

Variations of the term downrigger

• rigger
• cannon ball

How to use downrigger in a sentence

I use stacker devices to run two lines off each downrigger.