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