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I've had 2 cannon balll break-offs this year and had 1 last year as well. I bought my riggers brand new in 2013 and have not replaced the cable before, I just keep putting new parts on where they break.

Wondering how many of you change out your cable on a regular basis and also what you are using for replacement cable.

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We replace downrigger cables only if they've been kinked - never trust a wire line or downrigger cable once it has a hard kink.

The real fix for us, though, was switching to Canon downrigger terminators.  No more faulty crimps that fail.  It takes a bit to get used to the correct way to route the wire in the terminator, but after you've done it a couple of times, it is pretty easy.

https://www.amazon.com/Cannon-2250141-Terminator-Single/dp/B000MMX792/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1472728981&sr=1-1&keywords=downrigger+cable+termination

Brad

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My loss last year was a clean break about 2 feet above terminator. I'm thinking kink but didn't notice it. This year I had 1 break at ball after I moved it down a few feet and the one last weekend was a break at the water surface with ball down 90. I use the cannon connections and snubbers.. must be kinks I'm not seeing.

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One other problem we've seen is the cable fraying if it strikes the edge of our swim platform.  Our platform is fiberglass, not teak and has a somewhat sharp bottom edge.  If we leave the ball *just* in the water, it swings and eventually cuts one or two strands about 18" above the ball. 

When it's rough, we leave the ball about 2-3 feet below the surface to reduce the swings.  That keeps the cable away from the platform.  I also toyed with the idea of some edge trim on the sides of the swim platform to permanently fix the problem, but haven't done that yet.

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