Homemade Slinky Weights

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by dominoman, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. dominoman

    dominoman New Member

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    After seeing some slinky type weights on recent trip to the lake, went to price them, no thanks, I'll pass on those. Got a 100' roll of braided nylon rope from Tractor Supply, cut off about 10' section, pulled out the insides of the rope, leaving just the outside braid. Cut it into sinker size lengths, 2-3" long, heat one end with propane burner. Once this cools, drop in split shot inside it to the desired weight, leaving a little longer section on the end. Once you heat this end, just mash it flat with a screwdriver, piece of flat metal, etc. After this cools, you can take an icepick or small nail and melt a hole in the flat end to hook a swivel into. Works pretty good for drifting, doesn't hang up near as bad, kinda crawls over stuff. The rope is available in different colors for your fashion conscious catfish. I think the rope was $11 for 100 ' and split shot, about .88 a bag. The roll of rope will make a BUNCH of weights. If I can find the old coffee can of OO buckshot I have, I'll use them instead of the split shot.
     
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Lonnie thanks for sharing a good idea. Will have to give it a try.
     

  3. porboy

    porboy New Member

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    Great idea. Thanks.
     
  4. Redman 54

    Redman 54 New Member

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    Great post Lonnie. iI have seen some home made one before and even some for sale at Hills at Santee. Just wondering what size rope you bought? Thanks
     
  5. dominoman

    dominoman New Member

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    Forgot to put the rope size on the 1st post, it's 3/8". All the parachute cord I could find was such a small diameter, it would look like a 2' snake to get enough weight to hold it down.
     
  6. blackwaterkatz

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  7. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    thanks, sounds good. Also thanks for the link too.
     
  8. Redman 54

    Redman 54 New Member

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    Thanks Tommy for the links Good ones to have in my reference section , I am browsing them and have already found some more good things to get Thanks
     
  9. ilovemyfish

    ilovemyfish New Member

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    great! Thanks for the tip:wink:
     
  10. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    Another source for lead could be a local stained glass studio. My wife and I are stained glass artists and I take pieces of lead "came" and flatten one end with a hammer, drill a hole in it and tie it on. To make heavier weights just fold longer pieces and hammer them together.
     
  11. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    great post but how heavy do you normally make them
     
  12. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    sounds like a good idea thanx
     
  13. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Lonnie, great idea, thanks for the references.
     
  14. yadkinrivercats

    yadkinrivercats Member

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    Good idea thanks for the info.
     
  15. ttownreb

    ttownreb New Member

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    This is just what I have been looking for. This website is great.
     
  16. bobs bait

    bobs bait New Member

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    hey guys been making my own now have found a few tricks ordered my stuff from fishermans shack still with bigger cord shot does not go in easy found i cut it then heat one end then run a small rod down to open the cord then heat edges so it will not fray then have used a straw you have to eat at all the fast food places to find the right size then i spray pam on the weights put them in straw a few at a time then ramrod them down can do about 1o a hour thought i could make and sell them but at the rate it is not going to work if i come up with a new ideal will post it hopes this helps bobs bait
     
  17. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Lonnie, thats a great idea. Thanks for the post and info. Will have to give it a try.:0a24::0a31:

    Mark..
     
  18. 10IbsBass

    10IbsBass New Member

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    Thanks I'll have to use that sometime.