The Types of Fishing Weights
Any fisherman with experience on the water knows the importance of fishing weights. Weights work well with lures and other softer or lighter materials because they let the lures reach the bottom of the water instead of floating on the top. Those new to fishing really need to learn more about the types of weights to determine the right one for their needs.
Worm weights are often concave, with an angled bottom and a bullet or cone shape. These weights are best for working in areas with weeds or underwater vegetation because they move through those areas without any problems. The weights also feature a hole for use with a fishing line.
Tube weights come in different types and styles for working in different areas. Generally speaking, they're used for working in areas with smaller weeds or trees under the water. Most fishermen prefer using these weights when working with a jig head.
Drop weights are often used by those fishing for walleye and bass in freshwater areas. The cylinder version of these weights are more resistant to snags, while rounded weights are more popular. A tapered line grip on the weight keeps the line attached and allows for better control.
Carolina Rig Weights
Carolina rig weights are used in deeper waters and in situations that require a longer casting of the line. The weight makes a loud noise when it hits the bottom of the water and lets vibrations reach the pole. This allows you to feel the ground under the water and determine if it's hard or soft.
Flipping weights are a little different than some of the other options because they move easily through the water because of their shape. The shape is similar to a bullet, but also uses a peg that keeps the weight firmly attached to the line, which reduces the chances of losing the weight in the water.
Finesse weights use a guide in the middle of the weight to hold the line and have a cylindrical shape. These weights are preferred by those who like rigging and those who want something similar to the Carolina. The weights work well in areas with rocky areas or high amounts of weeds and vegetation.
There are other types of fishing weights available, such as inline weights, which are used for trolling. There are also nail weights, which work with worms and jerk baits and slide right into the bait. Another example is the dot weights. These weights use an adhesive backing that let the user customize the weight and remove it quickly.
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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