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What drop shot weights are you using?

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I tried drop shot rigs for the first time yesterday. I purchased the style of weight that has the steel wire thru it that is loose and hangs out the bottom. You put the line thru the top and then pull the wire out the bottom as one way to use this weight. Well, they seem to come off too easy and I lost a couple after a few drops and one when casting to hit a hole and caused a nice nest in my reel cuz it came off in the air and I didnt realize it >:). So I see there are many styles of weights and wonder what some of you are using?

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These:

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Xcalibur

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I use the pencil style in a few different brands but I would say I buy Mojo most of the time.

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I'd use the tungsten ones, only they cost too much for me.  I generally use the cylindrical window sash style.  I use 3/8  or 1/3 oz most of the time.  There is probably a month or a month and a half more fishing time for me this year.  I'm going to experiment more next year.

I generally use the Bass Pro brand, but I'd like to find a better quality one - for similar money.  It seems like one out of every box - sometimes two are unusable.  Either they are bent - or the clip isn't right or something.  BPS has some quality control issues with this product.

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What size weight were you using? I've been using River2sea tear drop sinker in 3/16 oz with good success.

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I tossed the package, but I think they are Mojo 1/4 oz pencil or sash style. I have another brand that has a solid wire Im gonna try next time out.

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I have found through trial and error over the last several years that the Quick Drops brand teardrop shape sinkers are the best made.  They sell them on ***.  I used to make the finesse style, but they seem to create a little too much line twist. 

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I have found through trial and error over the last several years that the Quick Drops brand teardrop shape sinkers are the best made. They sell them on ***. I used to make the finesse style, but they seem to create a little too much line twist.

These are great DS weights but if it's snaggy like on the Columbia my go to is crimped on pencil lead.  Must use a swivel though.

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Quick Drops.

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I pour my own. A buddy of mine has a melting pot, I bought the pencil weight  mold from Jans for $35. In an hour we can pour enough weights for both of us for the entire season.  It has paid for it self already.

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and if you make your own how do they attach to the line, is there a quik release system or just tied on? I too have a ton of lead and could do that. Ive also heard of using solder and hitting the end with a hammer to flatten it and then poke a hole thru it for the line. I have a 25lb roll of that too from my radiator repair days.

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Rubber Core Sinkers

Inexpensive.

Work fine.

Lots of weights to select among.

Give 'em a try.  :)

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I mold my own(DS swivels are 7 cents apiece) for fun fishing or I use the long river2sea tungsten weights for tournaments.

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Mike,

you need to check out a new local tackle shop in Merced. It is inside the "inside lines" shop on 16th street. They Carry lunker daddy lures (www.lunkerdaddy.com) and they make a great drop shot weight as well as tons of baits specific for the motherlode lakes. I am fortunate enough to be on staff for them and they make great baits. If you need any more info feel free to pm me.

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the last pics are the style I already have and will try next. Thx or all the replies.

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Bullet Weights brand lead drop shot weights. 

http://www.***.com/Bullet_Weights_Drop_Shot_Weights/descpage-BWDSW.html

I have always heard Tungsten was better because of the sensitivity, but Tungsten is expensive and I am catching fish with these MUCH cheaper lead weights so why change?

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inmho tungsten for drop shot weights is straight up dumb.  They add no sensitivity what so ever to you feeling or seeing the bite.  Do not waste your money on them.

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They add no sensitivity what so ever to you feeling or seeing the bite.

Nope, but they do transmit vital info about bottom composition, which can be crucial to getting bit when fishing in 40 FOW.

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Curious why a specific "drop shot" sinker is used?

I just tie a standard cheapo 1/4-3/8 oz sinker on with a palomar knot and it seems to work fine.

....Bill

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Primarily because you want the weight to come off the line if it gets snagged so you don't have to retie the whole rig.

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Kanji Tungsten and West Coast Tackle quickdrop weights

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Primarily because you want the weight to come off the line if it gets snagged so you don't have to retie the whole rig.

I understand the theory behind this but 90% of the time I lose the whole rig not just the sinker.

Now I have some of just about every brand but most of the time I just use the brass eye bank sinkers from Wally Mart.

Allen

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I never said it was ultra effective.  :)

I personally use VOSS drop shot sinkers from TW.  They're ultra cheap, have a good swivel, and they work.  I don't really care if I lose a few of those.  If I run out though, I'll use those casting sinkers that Walmart carries also.

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