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I have been using a 10lb ball with no coating. I am starting tho think that might be a bit light. Should I go to a 12lb coated??
 

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If fishing deep for winters and your boat and riggers can handle it, I'd say 15 should do for most applications. 10 is definitely not enough to get your ball in the zone.
 

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I agree with BGM, over the years I have found no need to carry about a pile of different sized balls for different applications.
A 15 will work in just about every application.
 

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I agree, 15 is perfect for almost every situation. I've had a 20 for about year and a half and it just sits in the boat, it's never been wet.

Check Craigslist, there's a couple guys in Surrey that make them in their garage.
 

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I have been using a 10lb ball with no coating. I am starting tho think that might be a bit light. Should I go to a 12lb coated??
Search Google Images for "downrigger angle" and check the results. Print one of those charts, laminate it, and keep it on your boat. It will tell you your actual depth based on downrigger angle. *The most important thing* is to match your actual depth with the target depth on your finder. A heavier ball may help, but not nearly as much as a good angle chart!

If you're fishing deeper, I'd recommend a 15lb (or a 20lb if your downrigger can handle it).

Cheers,

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I use 12lb easily found on Craigslist and cheaper than store. You do have to watch the line angle and let out extra line. But I use manual down rigger so easer to wind up.
 
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