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Common Types Of Fishing Weights

Author: Bullbuster Team

Fishing Sinker Terminology

Below we talk about the three most common types of fishing weights. 

  1. What Is An Egg Sinker ?

  1. Egg Sinker
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  1. The egg sinker is one of the most commonly used fishing weights.  Think of it as an egg, with a hole in the middle where your fishing line can slide through easily.  
  2. Bank Sinker 

  1. Bank Sinker
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  2.   This fishing weight is a large piece of lead with a loop at the top.  You can connect this weight with loop of fishing line to a snap swivel, or a three way swivel.  You can also use rigging bands to connect this type of weight so that you can break it off when a fish is thrashing next to your boat. 
  3. Split Shot Sinker 

Split Shot
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  1. The split shot is a great invention.  Split shots can be opened with a pair of pliers, you then put the weight around your line and squeeze it snug to the line with a pair of pliers.  

      Pyramid Sinker 

Pyramid sinker via Google Images

      A pyramid  sinker resembles a pyramid with a small loop which protrudes out of its top. This loop allows for you to easily clip this weight to a snap swivel  or a loop of mono.  This is a great weight to use for surf casting, or for sabikis. 

      Rubber Core Sinker 

Rubber Core Via Google Images

      Rubber core sinkers are great in that they are a very easy sinker to attach.  Unlike a split shot,  you don't need a pair of pliers to use this type of sinker, simply pull the rubber out, insert your fishing line, and you are good to go.

Trolling Weights 

Trolling weight via Google Images.

A trolling weight is a weight that can be used to keep a trolled bait well below the surface.   Many anglers use this type of weight for methods such as high speed trolling for wahoo, or slow trolling for bottom fish.   

Getting Your Live Bait Deeper

Live Bait

1) Down Rigger - A downrigger is a great tool to fish your live bait deep. Most downriggers are fished out of a rod holder, over have a special mount for your boat.   The downriggers uses a reel using either cable or braided fishing line (see using braid for your downrigger) connected to a LARGE weight, usually several Lbs.  This allows you to bring a bait to a specified depth and keep it there even when the boat is in gear.  The bait is connected to the downrigger using a clip that releases when the fish has hit.    

2) Butt Hook - But hooking a bait is a good way to get a bait to go deep without any weight.  The idea is that if you hook a bait on their underside closer to their tail then to the center of their belly, they will swim down on their own, without you having to use a weight.  This method usually works to get a bait to go down, however, you usually have very little control as to what depth that bait swims at. 

3) Rubber Banded Egg Sinker  - The rubber band and egg sinker combo is a great way to turn a flat lined (east coast) or fly line (west coast) bait into a ‘mid-bait’ or bait that swims in the middle of the water column. No swivel or re-rigging of your rod is needed.  Simply let your line out a few yards, and then loop it and stick that loop through the egg sinker placing the rubber band through the loop as a stopper so that when you try to pull the line back through the weight it won’t fit.  (If you don’t know what an egg sinker is, see types of fishing leads)

4) Knocker Rig - The knocker rig is a type of bottom fishing rig that uses an egg sinker. To get more see how to rig for bottom fishing. (If you don’t know what an egg sinker is, see types of fishing leads)

5) Rubber Banded Bank Sinker - Another way to use a rubber band and weight to get your live bait to go deep is to use a rubber band and a bank sinker (If you don’t know what a bank sinker is, see types of fishing leads).  This method is often used for night time swordfishing, but can be used for a number of other applications as well. Simply connect the rubber band to the bank sinker then wrap the rubber band 3-4 times around your monofilament fishing line and then loop your bank through the rubber band and pull tight, this will connect your bank sinker to your monofilament and reduce its slide up and down the line. An advantage of connecting a weight with a rubber band is that it can easily be disconnected when the fish is getting close, reducing the danger of a swinging lead from a green fish.

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