Ford points out that all Walker electric models rely on gear drive, which gives anglers the option to "power down" the weight. "Belt drives must be manually lowered by loosening the clutch knob," he says. "Sometimes the lack of precise control lets the weight drop too quickly. Lures can helicopter and tangle on the cable, leaving fouled lines."
What's Going On Down there?**
Downrigger weights, also called cannonballs, typically range from 3 to 12 pounds. As you let out more cable to fish deeper, "blowback" forces the weight farther behind the boat and robs you of some depth.