Sinkers are cast lead weights that can be tied or clamped to your fishing line to help your bait sink to specific depths. The style and weight depend on conditions such as water depth, bait size and strength of the current. The key is to position the board in such a way that it doesn’t affect your presentation or the attractiveness of your bait to the fish. This article explains when and where to attach sinkers to fishing line and how to attach sinkers to fishing line. When it comes to fishing tackle and tackle, sinkers are staples that you should keep in your fishing box at all times.
Where to put sinkers on the fishing line:
Where to attach sinkers to the fishing line will depend on the complexity of the rig and the intended bait presentation. There are innumerable shapes and sizes of sinker, each designed for a specific use in the fishing industry. How the board is attached to the fishing line depends on the style of the board. Here are the most common sinkers used when fishing.
- Split shot – Clamp a small, round weight with a slit in the middle to the fishing line by pressing with your fingers or a pair of pliers. Most single line rigs use a sturdy monofilament or fluorocarbon leader between the fishing line and the terminal. If you’re using a bobber on top of the leader, place a split shot or two two or three inches above the hook.
- Rubber core – elongated weights with a groove lined with rubber. Insert the guide line into the groove and twist the rubber to secure it.
- Slide – Sliding plates, such as B. Egg Sinkers have a hole in the middle. Often used for drift or bottom fishing, these can be attached over the leader by securing them with a swivel and adding a plastic bead to protect the knot.
- Bound – Tied sinkers have a small brass ring, loop, or shaped eye that protrudes from the top or bottom where a knot can be easily tied. These are often used for deeper water and stronger currents. Again, the placement varies for more complex rigs.
As always, make sure you have an active fishing license before entering the water. When you’re ready to build on your rigging knowledge, read more about how to tie the best fishing knots. And remember, practice makes perfect, so get out and put your knowledge into action!