FISHING WEIGHTS

fly

New member
#3
1. Coin Sinker because it's not too snaggy, doesn't roll in the surf as much as a pyramid, slides well on a slow retrieve, and can be quick-retrieved to float it above snags. Very curious to hear what others would pick and why.
 

EgoNonBaptizo

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#4
Torpedo sinker
They are fairly snag-free in rocky areas and can be retrieved quickly (in the case of sabiki rigs/deep bonito rigs). Also, this is unconfirmed, but I feel they are more aerodynamic/hydrodynamic, especially when used with vertical rigs such as sabikis or dropper loops.
 

DSRTEGL

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#5
I use small inline sinkers when poke poling or hand lining for eels......Pencil type sinkers for most of my pier perch fishing.....no roll sinkers for light to moderate currents areas, and no snag or no roll sinkers with eyes in rocky areas because I can get he leads to plane up faster when reeling in....The no snag sinkers I swore by you just can't find around here anymore and I have NEVER seen any molds sold online for this particular type......Larger than standard no snag sinkers in overall size but THINNER so they planed up faster if that makes sense......Experimenting with making my own cheapie claw sinkers.....I will let you know how I do there.....Finally got my lead melting pot YESTERDAY...…GUARANTEED SUNDAY DELIVERY MY ASS......And hope to start casting more weights tomorrow........Save your waste lead guys......

Trying to figure out how to make it happen but I would like to get a "Weight Casting" session put together in some central location where we can get together as a group with out scrap lead and molds and just spend some time making fishing weights for everyone...…..I have a set up for fluxing/purifying lead pretty well and now a lead production pot and a couple of molds.....Some people could bring scrap lead.....Others what molds they have or their production set ups...…...YOU SAVVY????
 

Ken Jones

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Staff member
#6
As discussed in Pier Fishing In California, 2nd Ed., different type sinkers are designed to be used in different type areas—rocky and sandy—and in different types of fishing. Having said that, based upon my primary use, 90% of the time I use torpedo sinkers.
 

mav

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#7
I mostly use egg sinkers and split shots. Then, small torpedos for sabikis. For land or pier casting bait for my larger vintage penn reels, I use large torpedos and pyramid weights.
 

DSRTEGL

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#8
Cranking up the Lee Production Pot for its Maiden Voyage.....Going to throw some 2oz Torpedo Weights and try the paper wrapped pencil sinkers again...….The rest of the day will be getting stuff ready for perching at Fort Baker Tomorrow......My gear is spread out all over the house

My thoughts on future molds purchases

Egg Sinker Mold
Bass Casting Sinker Mold
Leadhead Jig Mold

TRYING TO FILL OUT WITH THE STYLES I COMMONLY USE

The Lee Production Pot is a HUGE success...…..But my pencil leads in aluminum and paper tubes went up in flames.....the lead in the production pot was just TOO HOT......Need to go to the local tackle shop too look around anyway......
 
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DSRTEGL

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#9
I was BAD...….Got another sinker mold for In-Line Sinkers 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2 so I am filled out now for perching weights....also got a couple hundred brass eyelets......making my own was taking too long

I can't BELIEVE how much faster production is with the Lee Production Pot

Sinkers I can make with my existing molds

1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, 3, 4oz Torpedo/Inline Sinkers
1, 1 1/2, 2, 3oz No Roll/No Snag Sinkers

PLEASE NOTE...….BECAUSE OF ITS SLOW POUR RATE...….THIS LEE PRODUCTION POT MIGHT NOT CAST WEIGHTS OVER 5 or 6 OUNCES VERY WELL

{{{{{ Update as of 2/8/19........I have not poured any weights over 6 oz yet but the Beach Bomb Mold that makes a 5 and a 6 oz weight does quite well with the production pot because it is an aluminum mold and it heats up real fast....}}}}}
 
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DSRTEGL

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#10
One of the things I have been doing is Plasti-Coating some of my sinkers.......Mostly In-Line sinkers I use for Eeling or the ball sinkers I use when casting small soft plastics on a Hi-Lo in rocky areas......
 

DSRTEGL

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#12
Going through old inventory and doing some QC......Gotta love that lead can be melted and reused........Getting much better pours with the Production Pot now.......Also going to cast more 6oz Grip Leads, 5 and 6oz Beach Bombs, and small In-Line Sinkers for Lure Making
 

Red Fish

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#13
Mostly torpedoes. The party boats are mostly using torpedoes (instead of cannonballs) in rocky areas because they seem to be apparently less acted to get snagged.
 

DSRTEGL

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#14
One thing I try and do with every Sinker Mold I purchase is to find a way to make it more versatile.....

In-Line Sinker Mold........Just use 1 eyelet at the narrow end and it is a Torpedo Sinker.......Add Hooks and it is a Jig.......

No Roll Sinker Mold.......Add an Eyelet and it becomes a serviceable No Snag Sinker........

Beach Bomb and Grip Lead Molds..........Add a Long Eyelet and you have a "Tailed Sinker".....Supposed to cast farther and the tail acts as a "stabilizer"

Savvy????
 

Reel Newbie

Well-Known Member
#15
Would hammering a torpedo or a bomber work to make a no roll? Also, would hammering an egg sinker with a metal rod insert or or an eyelet work as a no roll and a no snag respectively? Must be nice to have infinite sinkers, I still buy mine. But hey, support local businesses?
 
#17
I was BAD...….Got another sinker mold for In-Line Sinkers 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2 so I am filled out now for perching weights....also got a couple hundred brass eyelets......making my own was taking too long

I can't BELIEVE how much faster production is with the Lee Production Pot

Sinkers I can make with my existing molds

1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, 3, 4oz Torpedo/Inline Sinkers
1, 1 1/2, 2, 3oz No Roll/No Snag Sinkers

PLEASE NOTE...….BECAUSE OF ITS SLOW POUR RATE...….THIS LEE PRODUCTION POT MIGHT NOT CAST WEIGHTS OVER 5 or 6 OUNCES VERY WELL

{{{{{ Update as of 2/8/19........I have not poured any weights over 6 oz yet but the Beach Bomb Mold that makes a 5 and a 6 oz weight does quite well with the production pot because it is an aluminum mold and it heats up real fast....}}}}}
My Lee Pot pours 6+++ oz. wts well, because the lead stays molten for the duration of the pour.
 

DSRTEGL

Well-Known Member
#18
The issue is that it pours slowly and if your Mold is not real hot you can end up with poor casts.....Keeping the mold hot is an issue with molds that have eyelets that need to be placed or inside wires like lure forms
 

mav

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#19
Would hammering a torpedo or a bomber work to make a no roll? Also, would hammering an egg sinker with a metal rod insert or or an eyelet work as a no roll and a no snag respectively? Must be nice to have infinite sinkers, I still buy mine. But hey, support local businesses?
I’ve tried flattening egg sinkers. There is a mold out there that is more of a flat tear drop shape.

It’s nice to pour sinkers and jigheads. I’ve borrowed my brothers pot and molds a couple of times but it becomes work pouring up to 100 weights and jigheads for me, my brother, and my nephew. I might even pour 20 more to give to fishing buddys.
 
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mav

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#20
The issue is that it pours slowly and if your Mold is not real hot you can end up with poor casts.....Keeping the mold hot is an issue with molds that have eyelets that need to be placed or inside wires like lure forms
I’ve sometimes used a propane torch to keep molds warm on cold days.