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PF says: There are a few options to consider when deciding on what sinker to clip on to your rig. The most popular is the breakoutstyle that anchors a rig into position, preventing it from being dragged along the seabed in a strong tide run. When you hook a fish, or decide to reel in, the spikes will
spring open, making it easier to retrieve.
A fixed-wired sinker works well at deepwater venues with extremely fast-running tides. Use the soft-wired ones that help to hold it in place while combating line snags when reeling in.
Sinkers without spikes are effective for allowing your bait to move slowly, searching out holes or depressions. Pyramid-shaped or watch leads are really good for this. Some match anglers are now using plastic-coated and coloured sinkers, but I’m not sure if colour has any major influence.