Choosing the right sinker with Paul Worsteling

Paul Worsteling shares his vast fishing knowledge to help you choose the right sinker for the right conditions.
Paul Worsteling: Just like a golfer uses a different club for every stroke a fisherman too should use a different sinker for every style of fishing they're doing. A lot of people are going, “Surely? It's just a bit of lead.” Well that bit of lead has a lot of different functions.

This one in fact is a grapple sinker and the idea is that these arms actually go back, and they cast really well land based, the arms actually then get snagged hold your bait nice and tight, when it's time to wind in they fold back and you wind in nice and easy without getting snagged at all. Grapple sinker very very intelligent.

Then you go to a star, this is actually designed to lay on its side and dig into the sand, so it's absolutely ideal for fishing a surf beach. If you used a ball on the beach it would roll along and you'd end up about two kilometers from your mate. Whereas the star locks in and gives you a chance to have a nice tight line and feel every little bite. Do not use this off a boat in a tidal environment because she spins, got too many corners and it'll give you the nastiest line twist you've ever seen.

The snapper lead, been around for hundreds of years, it's an absolute gem when you're fishing in a tidal environment. The idea is it actually lays flat on the side and doesn't roll too much because it has those four flat sides. They come in some pretty big sizes, you can do some serious deep water fishing.

This is probably one of my favorite sinkers, and I know that might sound a bit weird but I grew up fishing in a lot of areas where you've got a real tidal flow. This is the bomb or bell swivel. The beauty is that is has no corners so when tide runs past it, it spins but it doesn't spin too much, like you'd get with the star or hex bank or a snapper. Of course, it's got the swivel on top there so it helps to take the twist out the system.

Then you go to a large barrel, now you might go ball or barrel what's the difference? The beauty of a barrel sinker, is because it's longer you get a lot less problems with line tangles because it's actually holding the line, the swivel, and the terminal end away from the main line. Imagine, it's not gonna come back and bite like it would with a ball and you don't get as many tangles.

Then of course you have your balls, you've got your beans, you've got the picker's doom which is channel sinker and you've got split shot which you might put under a float just to catch a few garfish. So next time you go into a fishing store have a look at all the different sinkers and make sure you choose the one that's exactly right for your job. This has been Paul Worsteling for my mates at Club Marine.

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