Q&A

Sea Angler (UK) - - CONTENTS - WAYNE SMITH, NEW ROM­NEY, KENT

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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.

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