Es­sen­tial sinkers

Weights come in all shapes and sizes to cover var­i­ous fish­ing sit­u­a­tions. Check these out…

Sea Angler (UK) - - Contents -

Get the cor­rect lead weights for the job.

THERE are many dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and colours of lead weights avail­able to sea an­glers, which can make se­lec­tion a night­mare. Here are some of my es­sen­tial choices that han­dle al­most any con­di­tions.

1. DUCK BILL OR ROCCOTOP

Its casting po­ten­tial is sim­i­lar to a plain weight, and it rolls around at a gen­tle speed. I use these on calmer nights and in har­bours and es­tu­ar­ies.

2 & 3. COLOURED &GLOW IN THE DARK

The coloured type stands out like a sore thumb when I drop a rig with one at­tached. Some an­glers be­lieve colour at­tracts fish, but I don’t buy into that all the time.

If you’re into match fish­ing or catch­ing lots of fish, you should try glow-in-the-dark sinkers. I use these mainly when fish­ing is dif­fi­cult; they can get you bites when noth­ing else can.

4. CAN­NON BALL

This rolls well in small tides and bounces at a bite-in­duc­ing speed in medium tides; avoid it in big tides. It grips a sandy seabed in rough weather.

5. PYRA­MID

Its grip is com­pa­ra­ble, or bet­ter, in some sit­u­a­tions, than a grip lead, and gives su­per hold­ing power in strong tide and seas. You can twitch the weight.

6. GRIP­PER

Use these when you need max­i­mum grip. They’re bril­liant for rough con­di­tions, but don’t al­low your bait to move or act so nat­u­rally.

7. DOU­BLE PYRA­MID

It of­fers about 90 per cent grip com­pared to the stan­dard pyra­mid, but reels in like a plain lead, re­duc­ing the chance of a fish bounc­ing off.

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