How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

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How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

Post by triehl27 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:28 pm

So I am curious, what size Down Rigger balls would be recommended for Puget sound? Pt Robertson, and Possiion Bar, Ship Wreck, PnP. Mind you I am using a Scotty 1085 Manual, So I want something realistic for a manual. I have heard 8# is about minimum.

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Post by Steelheadin360 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:19 pm

I use a 10# with braided line. Works about perfect

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Post by Jerry H » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:35 pm

10 works for me some use 12 or 15 but I wouldn't want to manually drag them up from 100 plus feet.

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Re: How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

Post by G-Man » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:18 pm

8 is a bit light unless you are targeting pinks and surface silvers. For chasing silvers down deep in the shipping lanes or chasing chinook you'll want to go with a bit more weight. At the speeds I haul around 12 pounds is about the minimum size for effectively dragging bottom for blackmouth, and I do have my downriggers spooled with braid. Look at it this way, retrieve 8lbs for x feet of line or 12lbs for a considerably shorter distance.

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Post by zen leecher » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:16 pm

12 lb pancakes is what I used.

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Re: How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

Post by Mike Carey » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:44 am

started out with round balls but over time they are now replaced with cans. 14oz can of lead = 14 pounds. Funny how that worked out. Trolling 3.5 mph at 120 ft deep even then there is a lot of blow back for coho in the Sound.
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Re: How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

Post by reva_9 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:08 pm

Thanks for the post!

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Post by gfakkema » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:06 pm

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Re: How big do your balls have to be for Puget Sound?

Post by rellfast19 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:36 am

10 pounder, otherwise i would rip my fiberglass gunnels off

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