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> Cannon ball weight for salmon fishing?
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Posted: Aug 21, 2018 - 09:28 am


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I recently lost the cannon ball that i was using to downrig for salmon (don't ask). I cannot remember what the weight was. I need to get a new one but the downrigger manual says to use the lightest ball possible. I fish 40-100 feet. I usually stack two lines off the one rigger with a decent bow in the rods and don't tend to use flashers because there is too much blowback. Wondering what the minimum weight would be to run two lines with spoon/plugs 8lbs, 10 lbs?
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Posted: Aug 21, 2018 - 10:37 am


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I wouldn't go less than 10.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2018 - 11:42 am


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I agree with " Fisherman". 10lbs minimum.

I have 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 lb balls. The lighter ones I got a garage sales for next to nothing. I never use them!

The only ones I use are 10lb, even when I'm running the ball at 20 or 25 feet.

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Posted: Aug 22, 2018 - 09:00 am


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I agree.....

trend is to go heavier if anything. most I know are now running 12 to 20's

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Posted: Sep 07, 2018 - 09:05 pm


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I agree...at least 10lb.

Go 12lb if your downrigger is rated for it. You will notice how much more vertical it stays.

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Posted: Sep 08, 2018 - 09:44 am


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I use 12's off my riggers as that's as heavy as they will pull. On my last trip out a number of our fish where caught down 120, that's a lot of blowback with an 8lb ball. I do like 8's for Lake Erie or staging salmon in 40-60fow. No need for the big guns in that depth.

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Posted: Sep 10, 2018 - 10:51 am


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If you can run heavier. I run 11" flashers, 200 on rigger using 16lb torpedos. some blowback but not excessive.

If you dont like heavy balls then go with 12's or 10 at the very least

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Posted: Sep 10, 2018 - 03:22 pm


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Do torpedos help prevent blowback?

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