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TD Tungsten Skinny Drop Shot Weights. Here in MN we have heavy vegetation, and the pencil weights do a much better job of sliding through without getting caught up.

3/8 or 1/2 oz.

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A buddy and I pore our own, He has the round mold, I have the finesse mold (pencil shape). I lose way to many to be buying them.

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I prefer a regular cheapo 1/4-3/8 oz sinker I tie on.

I found the the "real" dropshot sinkers fall off too easy when snagged between rocks and whatnot.

...Bill

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I pour my own to. I use a Do-it Bass Casting sinker mold and the dropshot swivels that fit it. It saves me alot of money every year.

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I've been happy with Voss drop shot weights.  Cheap and they work just fine.

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I've been happy with Voss drop shot weights. Cheap and they work just fine.

x2. Don't care if I lose one, and in the price to quality ratio, they are great.

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If the structure is not too snaggy, Quick Clips.  If the botton eats weights like the Columbia does, hollow core pencil lead crimped ala steelhead drift fishing style.  A roll of pencil lead is about three bucks.  You have to use a swivel because this rig causes a bit of line twist.  It works !!

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Ordinarily I just use the "el cheapo" round weights from BPS.  Last summer I got a couple packs of the Lunker City Bakudan pencil weights and like those, but the cost + shipping will send me back to the BPS brand when these are gone :(

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We cannot use lead on several quality fisheries in MA. Consequently I've gone to steel, since I'm too cheap to buy tungsten. I buy them at WalMarts; 1/4 oz. "Bass Casting" steel weights for about $1.25/8 pk.. To these I add a split ring and drop shot swivel. Complies with the laws at a very respectable price. Here's what it looks like:

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Crestliner, does that pick up a lot of vegetation?

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Crestliner, does that pick up a lot of vegetation?

Hasn't been a problem for me in the lakes I fish. You do get some scraps on it, but it's not a big deal and easy to bounce off. I've been using this rigging for several years now too. I do fish rather deep (30' - 50') though and most of my presentations are verticle, rather than casting.

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Pencil (mojo)weights are good for rocks, but for weeds, I have a variety that work equally well:

tear drop sinkers - the old stand-by for live bait

bass worm bullet wt. - I put a wire* through, loop one end and add a bead underneath, looping the wire again. I use it nose up. Or I'll use two bullet wts in 1/16 or 1/8 and use the same wire through both, pointed ends away from each other, wire loops at both ends.

I recycle my old rusty 1/8 or 1/4 oz ballhead jigs by cutting off the hooks.

One trick I learned last year is to put the line into some rubber tubing (the stuff used to secure stinger hooks on spinnerbaits) and shove a pencil weight into the rubber cylinder. I like to be able to adjust the leader length and to be sure the weight doesn't slip, I knot the line every 6".

*the same cheap craft wire used for floral arrangements, which I use for by jig locks.

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