Homemade flex sinkers

SC McCarty

Well-known member
#1
In the second edition of Pier Fishing in California, Ken mentions a snagless setup contributed by a forum member that used a flex sinker. Since they don't seem to be readily available in tackle shops, I thought about how I might make my own. I had a pair of shoelaces that outlasted the shoes (an unfortunately common occurance these days), and realized that, though they are flat, they are made of a tube. The tube is large enough to hold a pair of BBs, side by side. Using copper coated steel BBs makes these leadless weights. Hopefully they are also snag resistant.

The longest one contains a calculated ounce of BBs (75), but I need to weigh them for actual weights. In the future, I think I will make one end a snap swivel, which would allow adding on weights as needed.

FlexWeights1.jpg

Steve
 

SC McCarty

Well-known member
#3
These are the sinkers made from one shoelace. According to the kind lady at the post office, the long ones are very close to 1 oz, the medium one about 0.8 oz, and the short ones about ½ oz (That service is one advantage of living in a small town). I did use snap swivels on the ends of two of them.
FlexWeights2.jpg

Steve