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    I have been thinking of mounting a downrigger to my 17' Achilles. It has a sturdy frame that I believe would support one or two downriggers. Does anyone know of a mounting system that might work for me?
    Also, I don't know a lot about downriggers. How much drag do they exert on the mount? Would it be enough to bend my frame? Any thoughts are appreciated.

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    I could see you mounting something on the back transom with something like this http://www.scotty.com/fishing-gear-e...nnel-mount.htm:


    This seems more custom fit for your purpose but maybe I just don't have enough faith in "glue"
    http://www.austinkayak.com/products/4053/Scotty-341-Glue-on-Mount-for-Inflatables.html



    If I Can mount a downrigger on a kayak, I am SURE you can mount one on a 17ft inflatable from a drag perspective.

    I would suggest that you do NOT buy one of the downriggers for lakes. You will need at minimum 6 pounds of weight to do any saltwater salmon fishing without a lot of blowback if you use flashers and typical salmon gear.

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    Here`s a couple pics from what I`ve done with my big Achilles and now Zodiac RIB...










    I will echo that you will want to run 8# weights or more for salt work.

    As far as stresses are concerned it will be hard to tell you what will work for you without pics of your setup. I would certainly use a snubber http://www.fish307.com/BigJon-SNB11H...vySnubber.aspx to relieve some of the ball weight bouncing around. I mount my releases to the upper swivel on the snubber instead of the ball so it`s easy to reach and to keep the ball in the water.


    Heavy Hitter Fishing
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heavy...54441957966186

    Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Pro-Staff


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    Sweet. Pot puller? Looks like a super solid set up. Very nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kardinal_84 View Post
    Sweet. Pot puller? Looks like a super solid set up. Very nice!!!
    Yep...got tired of the 800` strings by hand.


    Heavy Hitter Fishing
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heavy...54441957966186

    Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Pro-Staff


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    Thanks for the ideas guys. I should have given a little more info and will try to get a pic up later. I would like to get a mount for my aluminum frame (it is about 1 1/2" diameter tubing). The frame is strapped on they're super solid as I had six large D-rings put on just to hold the frame. The frame is about 12' long and has aluminum tubing running down each side and that is where I would mount those brackets. Any other thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwm907 View Post
    Thanks for the ideas guys. I should have given a little more info and will try to get a pic up later. I would like to get a mount for my aluminum frame (it is about 1 1/2" diameter tubing). The frame is strapped on they're super solid as I had six large D-rings put on just to hold the frame. The frame is about 12' long and has aluminum tubing running down each side and that is where I would mount those brackets. Any other thoughts?
    Basically a cataraft frame on your achilles then. You could run a short section of 1.5" tubing (same stuff you and I have) parallel to the existing tube spaced apart the same distance as the bolt spacing on the rigger mount (about 4-5"). Then cap that area with wood, plastic, or aluminum and secure the rigger mount through the plate into the tubing with 1/4" self drilling stainless screws. The mounts on mine are parallel sections of 1.5" aluminum tube capped with 1/2" black Seaboard and are sturdy enough to walk on without issue...the boat tube absorbs most of the weight.



    Heavy Hitter Fishing
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    Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Pro-Staff


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    That is nice , great job there AK2AZ , now were can I get some of those great( WARNING ) stickers for my boat !!!!

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