Sinker Identification

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  1. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by William Sipes(Riverrat) on January 31, 2004



    SINKERS


    No Roll Sinkers *****


    Best Use: Bottom fishing in most situations
    Low profile design keeps weight in place in current. Tear drop shape with rounded ends to decrease snagging. Line through the center feature, when used with a reel with a bait clicker, allows catfish to take the bait and run without dragging the weight along.
    Not good for fishing in heavy currents or with large live baits when bait clicker is used. The current and/or the bait fish will continually sound false alarms while stripping line.
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    Egg Sinker ****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing in no current
    Round design with tapered ends to decrease snagging. Line through the center feature, when used with a reel with a bait clicker, allows catfish to take the bait and run without dragging the weight along.
    In current, the oval design will allow sinker to roll allowing bait to move out of targeted area, and increases the chance of snagging. Not good for fishing with large live baits when bait clicker is used. The bait fish will continually sound false alarms while stripping line.
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    Rubber Core Sinker ****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing or under a float
    Elongated design with rounded ends to decrease snagging. Easily attaches to line, and easily adjusted for fishing different depths under a float by simply sliding it up or down the line.
    In current when fished on the bottom the sinker can roll, causing line twists and allowing bait to move out of the targeted area. Bottom fishing best in no/low current situations.
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    Spoon Sinker *****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing most situations
    Low profile design keeps bait in place in current. Tear drop shape to decrease snags. The top of the weight is slightly angled up, to allow the weight to plane up in the water on retrieve to avoid weeds and snags on the bottom.
    Large eye hole allows line through rigging if used with a large bead, or can be tied directly to line or swivel. If line through method is used, not good for heavy currents or large live baits when bait clicker is used. The large bait fish will continually sound false alarms while stripping line.
    Also, when casting into heavy current, the weight can plane on the way down also, allowing bait to move out of the targeted area.
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    Splitshot Sinker ****

    Best Use: Under a float or on bottom with no current and small baits
    Small size designed for times when a slight amount of weight is needed to keep bait at desired depth. Can be used in tandem with multiple splitshot, or as a stopper for other weights like the Spoon and No Roll.
    If pinched on too tightly, can cause line damage, creating a weak spot in the line.
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    Casting Sinker ****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing or under a float
    Round bottom with tear drop shape that holds a swivel at the top for attaching to line. Will roll in current, but not as bad as an Egg Sinker. Tends to roll in half circles as current affects it.
    Can be used as a "line through" type sinker, with a splitshot attached just above the hook to aid in retrieval
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    Flat Bank Sinker *****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing heavy current
    Low profile design keeps weight in place in heavy current. Available in very large sizes to hold in most current situations, such as below dams and spillways.
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    Lindy No Snagg ***

    Best Use: Bottom fishing and drifting. Advertised as virtually snag free. At the price, it would have to be. (approx. $2.50 each)
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    Bank Sinker ****

    Best Use: Bottom fishing
    6 sided sinker with tapered body. Will roll in moderate to heavy current much like a casting sinker. Can be used at the end of the line, with hook at set distance above it to suspend bait at particular depth under a float.
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    Pyramid Sinker ***

    Best Use: Bottom fishing.
    3 sided sinker used for moderate to heavy current. Snagging problem in rocky areas, but holds well in sandy or muddy bottom areas in current.
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    Walking Sinker ****

    Best use: Bottom fishing/Drift fishing snag free lakes.
    Another line through sinker, designed for the line to be pulled through the weight without the fish feeling the weight dragging with the bait when used with the bait clicker function engaged.
    Can also be used at the end of the line, with hook at set distance above it to suspend bait at particular depth under a float.
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