The Beginner's Guide to Fishing Weights

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The Beginner's Guide to Fishing Weights

For any fishing enthusiast, fishing weights are an integral part of the tackle box. Attached to the end of a fishing line, a fishing weight helps to get the bait to where the fish are biting. With the vast range of choice one has when it comes to choosing fishing weights, it helps if he or she has some knowledge on why fishing weights are useful, the difference in each type, the various materials weights come in, and the selection in weight that is available.


Why Use Fishing Weights

Fishing weights, also known as sinkers, attach to the end of a fishing line along with a lure. The type of weight determines the line's rate of sink, its casting distance, and anchoring ability. A fishing weight's size, shape, and its material determines what type of situation it is ideal for. In simple terms, the aim of a fishing weight is to get the lure or bait to where the fish are, but not necessarily too heavy that it sinks straight to the bottom. In any fisherman's tackle box, a good selection of various weights is a necessary part of fishing tackle.


Different Types of Fishing Weights

A wide range of fishing weights are available and fishing enthusiasts choose which weights to purchase depending on what type of fish they wish to catch, personal preference, and the fishing environment. Some sinkers, like pyramid sinkers, anchor the fishing line to the bottom of the water. Barrel weights, or egg weights, are in the shape of round beads. These fishing weights are useful when fishing off rocks and in areas where different shaped weights may snag. Similar in shape to barrel weights, slip-shot weights crimp onto the fishing line. They also act as extra weight on the line when necessary. Bullet weights are idea for catching bass, while dipsey and bank weights work effectively as fishfinders. Other types of weights are available, such as surf weights, carp weights, and sea fishing weights.


Fishing Weight Materials

Traditionally, the majority of fishing weights were lead weights, as it is dense and inexpensive. However, environmental concerns continue to rise about the use of lead as it is becoming too toxic for the environment. These days, many fishing enthusiasts use tungsten weights, which are more expensive but far denser than lead. Other weight materials include steel, brass, and bismuth, however these are less popular to use.


Different Sized Fishing Weights Available

With each type of fishing weight, a wide range of sizes are available. Small sized sinkers weighing less than 1 ounce are useful for fishing in shallow water or fly fishing, while very large weights are available as big as 2 pounds. Popular size weights include 1- and 2-ounce fishing weights, as well as 3- and 4-ounce weights.

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