They are available in three sizes (#1, #2, #3) to match up with the depths you are fishing, and how much line you want to let out behind your Church Tackle planer boards. The wide lip allows the weight to really dig into the water column and take your presentation down to wear the fish are located. The unique design also allows you to fight the fish, not the weight while reeling in a walleye. With a fish on, the back side of the weight is pulled down, bringing the bait back to the boat much easier.
For the angler’s convenience they are available in either the weights being color coated to size, or if you prefer, an unpainted version. This is a personal choice as to which version you prefer. Often though, it’s easier to tell someone to grab the orange weight than to try to explain the sizes while changing up presentations on the boat.
The weights come with two large duolock snaps, for an example I hooked up this particular weight on the bottom hole, which is used when you want to drift with a weight vs using the top hole when trolling. Also the front section of the weight’s ridged back is thicker in the front, which is why I have the snap reversed on the front. This method of rigging the snap allows for more range of motion and to let the weight really dig into the water column. I would not attach to the main line using a swivel/snap combination, just using a snap allows the weight to track true through the water. On the backside, I added a crane swivel and snap combination for hooking up to the lure of choice. I you want to get less twist, then I suggest going with a ball bearing combination when you set it up.
The Stingrays can be used with various types of lures with equal effectiveness. I would use it most often in trolling with crawler harnesses, but it can also be used with trolling spoons if that is your lure of choice. To get shallow running cranks down in deeper water, create a six to 8 foot leader made with fluorocarbon ( I use 12 lb test) and then attach your crank bait and drop it down. If you prefer to run a small deep diving bait, but it wont get down deep enough, like a Storm Hot n Tot or Wiggle Wart, use the same principle to equal effectiveness.