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Old 03-12-2007, 10:50 AM
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Does anyone use trolling/casting weights? It sits in between your main line and your lure....it is designed to bring your line to the bottom of the water and your lure swims above it. With it you can target fish feeding near the bottom with lures that are normally designed for the surface. Any tips on using them for trolling or surfcasting from the beach? Also i suppose they can add distance to your casts and when trolling it does the same as lead core line minus putting out all that money. Thanks for any responses.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:41 AM
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Default Re: casting weights

I've used lead weights trolling and it has caused the
line to spin/twist/tangle. If you have to use weight while
trolling use egg sinkers.

For casting, I use bank sinkers, I've got a sinker mold and
I make all my own. I've given a few sets out to a few folks.
I've never put on a lure/crankbait/jig of any kind with a
sinker. I'm not sure the purpose of doing so.

LeadCore is the best so far to get my line down while trolling.
For every 10 yrds, lead core sinks 5 feet. So if you
get a 100 yrd spool you can outfit a few rigs. I put 3-4
colors on each rig. I'm not fishing in depths over 30',
at least not with those setups.

Ebay is a great source to get lead core cheaply. I recently
got 3 spools (300 yrds for $16 including shipping).
That's cheap!

My next foray into trolling will be using monel wire line and
penn 49ers as the reels. I'd plan on using a 3-4+ oz jig
head etc. Bounce it off the bottom.

The current I've fished in is quite strong and lead core
will not stay down well enough. I'd have to use a
lot to keep it down and that's not desireable. Too many
obsticles when you've got so much line in the water.
I use the lead core rigs trolling on the beach fronts.
Wire line will be for the stronger currents.

I'm no expert by any means...I've just been reading
and learning from the senior fishermen on the site.

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Old 03-13-2007, 02:26 PM
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Default Re: casting weights

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Does anyone use trolling/casting weights? It sits in between your main line and your lure....it is designed to bring your line to the bottom of the water and your lure swims above it. With it you can target fish feeding near the bottom with lures that are normally designed for the surface. Any tips on using them for trolling or surfcasting from the beach?
I do it a little differently. I use a tin squid with a swinging hook, which I remove. The one in the picture is a Point Jude Big butterfish (I'm a big fan of Point Jude tins, especially the Sea Scallop but that's a topic for another thread)

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Tie a length of leader to the rear loop and tie a 50# duolock snap on the other end. I use 30# to 50# flouro depending if blues are around. Use this rig to cast large flies out farther then you could with a fly rod and with more control. It works extremely well on beaches with a hard lateral current.
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