Ok, so here's the deal. I mainly fish lakes for channel cats and I sometimes like to fish with a circle hook and no weight (zero, zilch, nada). In essence I'm casting my bait a short distance and freelining it until it reaches bottom. One area in particular that I fish has a very soft bottom and weights just sink into the muck resulting in buried baits, failed hooksets, and frustration. I wanted to figure out a way to fish more effectively in this area to increse my hookup percentages as I know there are channel cats swimming the area. However, the problem with using no weight is that you can't cast your bait very far from the boat, especially if you are using small baits. My solution was to put sugar cubes on a threader and thread the cubes down my line so they rest above the hook & bait. This gives me the added weight I need to get much longer casts and when the sugar cubes hit the water, they dissolve, which then allows me to bottom fish with no weight attached to my line. In certain situations, this has resulted in more hookups as I can get the bait farther from the boat and into productive zones. It pays to think outside the tacklebox sometimes. Good luck and tight lines to everyone. . .