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So, now I know what size of a ball to buy. Now my other question is what shape, round, with wings, shaped as a fish or flat?? Is there a reason for so many choices and which would work better for the BC Coast.

:cheers: Rick
 

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Personally I like the 15lb round ones. The reason for the round is that in the current the ball always has the same profile. Ones with wings and fins tend to get blown around by the current more.

Have fun, Jason
 

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Depends on if you are going to run rudders or not. If you are not going to run rudders, I would go with a finned ball. With rudders, you can get away with running finless.

I have both, but I still only run using rudders.

Rudders make turning a lot nicer and not having to worry about how your goods are tracking.
 

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I would agree with bigjay
the round ones are better as they are always tracking constant and not getting blown around as bad as the finned ones.

besides the finned ones are more expensive and can be hard to find!
cheers and good luck
 

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Rick [hi] I am a member of ARIMA BOAT OWNERS GROUP. As I own a 1996 ARIMA BOAT [Sea Explorer model] They have been building these super fishing boats for 20yrs in the SEATTLE area... but if you go to that site on the web "click" on GENERAL & there's also a good discussion postings on down-rigger balls. God bless --- safe & happy boating. :)
 

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I also run the 15lb round downrigger weights.

The pancake finned ones can actually flip around on themselves if you get moving too quickly or in a quick turn etc. Just another thing to keep in mind.
 
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