Start your planning for downriggers by asking yourself several basic questions:
Mounting a side mounted downrigger on a swivel plate.
Step 1: Read the directions. Most companies have very helpful tips on how to install their downriggers.
Step 2: Measure where you plan to place the downrigger. It helps to actually have someone hold it in position to make sure it does not interfere with other equiptment on the boat.
Step 3: Drill the holes making sure that you will not be drilling thru wires or cables.
Step 4: Install the bolts to hold the downrigger in position.
Step 5: Install the downrigger on the base.
Step 6: Side mounted downriggers with long booms cause a lot of stress on the mounting plate. Make sure the bolts are secure.
Step 7: This downrigger was mounted on a swivel plate to allow it to be placed backwards when not in use. Notice how it rests next to the rear downrigger.
Step 8: Ready to fish.