Choosing the right fishing sinker is important in order to make your fishing trip truly memorable. Sinkers are terminal tackles designed to take your bait down. Most anglers do not think much about their sinkers. They just put one and hope for the best. However, having the right split-shot fishing sinkers can make a difference in catching fish and not catching one. Here are the things you should consider when looking for a fishing sinker.

The Sinker Material

Most sinkers are made from lead, which is melted and poured into a mold. However, some states have banned the use of this material in fishing tackles. In states where lead is outlawed, split-shot fishing sinkers are either made from bismuth or from tungsten. Both metals are heavy and be costly. Likewise, the melting points are much higher than in lead.

Types of Sinkers

Aside from split-shot, there are also other types of sinkers to choose from. They can be as small as 1/32 of an ounce and can weigh as much as 1 to 2 pounds. Here are the different kinds of sinkers you can choose from.

Egg Sinkers.  These are the typical sinkers used for bottom fishing. They are available in round and long shapes with a hole in the middle. Often called slip sinkers, they are placed above the swivel and on the actual fishing line. This type of sinker stays on the bottom without the fish sensing it. Egg sinkers are ideal for offshore bottom fishing with live bait.

Bank Sinkers.  Bank sinkers are also used for offshore bottom fishing or in a current. It is a teardrop shaped sinker that is attached to the line at the top. In some areas, it is called chicken rig and great for catching red snapper, sea bass, and other bottom fishes. This sinker is perfect for deep water fishing or water with a lot of currents.

Rubber Core. These types of sinkers are easy to use, add, or remove from your line. It eliminates the need to cut and re-tie your line. Rubber core sinkers are designed for shallow water fishing. They are perfect for catching fishes like redfish, flounder, or mangrove snappers. These sinkers are placed on your line above the swivel. It allows adjustment of weight without breaking the line.

A word of advice when using sinkers: never exceed the required weight to get your bait to the bottom or your desired depth. Doing so will make it harder to feel a fish bite and difficult to cast.