Cabela's Directional Downrigger Weight

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The concave molded design causes your outside downrigger cables to swing to the side of your boat, giving downriggers more spread. 12 lbs. with durable black vinyl 60mm coating and stainless-steel eyes. The unit is reversible to work on either side. Color: Black.
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Cabela's Directional Downrigger Weight Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

They have work great for me

I have a smaller boat and run 4 downrigges at times. Using these on the outside help greatly with maneuverability. The extra weight is an advantage as well. I don't troll faster than 3MPH and have had no issues in the 3 + years they have been in use.
gusinator at Cabelas on 08/02/2012

Better than balls with straight rudders

I have been using two of these balls on my outside downriggers for 3 years and I believe they help to keep my tackle spaced better and free from tangling. I lost one this year and am ordering a replacement.
Seareaper at Cabelas on 08/02/2009

downrigger weights

These are a good idea to help give your set up a little spread to help keep the lines from tangling.
TheCrabMan at Cabelas on 11/24/2006

Negative Reviews:

Not What I expected from a great concept

I purchased 2, 12# units for a newly installed set of Cannon Mag 20#, and used Walker Release clips as the terminal gear. M challenge is to run 5.2-6.2 mph and keep baits as low was 25-30 feet. At a slow speed (sub 4mph) one unit pulled away from the boat as advertised. The other was tried twice hung from both eyelets. The second unit never ran as advertised. At one point they crossed behind the boat and entangled. Their combined weight or the hydraulic forces while they were entangled badly mangled a Walker release clip. At 4 mph both balls seem to pulse the boom arm at about a 1 second interval. I believe they are stalling even at this low a speed. As the speed is increased the interval get shorter, by the time I got to 6.2 mph the stall frequency is very fast. If you run slow enough they may not stall. For the cost of the freight alone to try these, Cabalas needs to be telling us at what speed they start to vibrate or stall. At the 5.2-6.2 mph speeds I want to run I have seen the balls pull up to somewhere between a 60 to 75 degree angle, so they have a great deal of hydraulic resistance. Make them pancake shape to lessen the hydraulic drag. I lost a ball to some bottom snag, but had not yet ground off the lower eyelet. The Walker Clip is not as thick as the Cannon Terminal Clip, and the clip opened on that snag impact and dropped the ball. I would recommend grinding off the lower eyelet so a bottom drag offers less resistance or a place to snag. If I still had that second ball I would be asking Cabalas to stand behind their satisfaction guarantee. Overall I was disappointed with what seemed like a great idea, the angle of the fin needs to be variable for those of us who want to run them faster than the current design will permit.
Millerd1 at Cabelas on 07/10/2007