Hart,sorry it took so long to get back to you, but my dad has been in the hospital. Iwas about 50 yds.out.I,m pretty new to this lake,only fished it 6 times. I was told it only averages 4to 5 feet deep with some spots about 15 feet deep. Last Fri. i used a balloon for the first time. The way i had it rigged was carolina with a16 inch.leader,1.5 oz.weight and 7/o circle. Since I like fishing the bottom, I doubled my line above my swivel and passed it threw the hole in a lifesaver candy and looped it over so the lifesaver was tied to my line. Then I tied another short piece of line to the lifesaver and to this I tied the balloon. You got about 15 min. before the lifesaver melts and drops your line to the bottom.I was able to get out about 150 to 200 yds.It sounds wierd but it works and you can tie a balloon on in less than 5 minutes. I hopes this helps some!