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I had a family friend who had some old fishing stuff laying around he never used give me a little bag of some 1/4oz brass worm weights. They're of course brass colored, and have a nice taper to them - something that would be good for using a t-rigged worm in heavy grass. 

I've never had brass weights, especially any weights that color. Does that affect the fishing? Is there some other purpose the brass color is used for? Any ideal rigging methods for brass weights?

 

 

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I had a family friend who had some old fishing stuff laying around he never used give me a little bag of some 1/4oz brass worm weights. They're of course brass colored, and have a nice taper to them - something that would be good for using a t-rigged worm in heavy grass. 

I've never had brass weights, especially any weights that color. Does that affect the fishing? Is there some other purpose the brass color is used for? Any ideal rigging methods for brass weights?

 

 

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couple of thoughts . . .  Brass & glass used to be a thing.   Guys would use a glass bead behind the sinker/ahead of the hook and shake it some.    This would make noise that some thought would attract fish.    The same thing kinda works with lead, only a different sound.

All the brass sinkers that I ever bought, the hole you thread your line through was larger than the hole in an average lead sinker.   What this meant was that a texas rig on the drop the sinker would separate from the bait somewhat farther than a lead sinker would.  I'm not a big tx rig fan so I never have experimented so much with the drop differences between lead and brass.  A decade or so ago when I was fishing BFLs guys in the parking lot were discussing the differences between regular brass and black painted brass sinkers, with the consensus being that the painted black ones were "more stealthy" - making noise  but being harder to find and thus the sound drawing more attention to the bait.    Jury is still out on that one.

Anyway -  these days when I tx rig I use tungsten so the issue is moot.

I've taken a smallish assortment of brass sinkers and put them in my assorted weights box that stays in the boat all the time.   The rest of them I've repurposed into home made jigs rigs.   (These I spray painted black)

My advice would be to just use them up  - they are free.    I would experiment on using a glass bead between the weight and the hook, just to see. . . 

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If you put glass beads on your line with brass weights it makes a very distinct craw immitating clicking sound.  I have a bunch of brass i painted black with sharpees that I use.

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Brass 'n glass made popular by Don Iovino is how I fish T -rigged worms and finesse C-rigs.

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i agree that the brass weight and glass bead combo is the way to use them.  the sound of the weight clicking the glass bead is very unique.

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Nice - thanks for the info. Looks like I'm headed shopping for some glass beads! 

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1 hour ago, Preytorien said:

Nice - thanks for the info. Looks like I'm headed shopping for some glass beads! 

You need tempered, faceted 8 mm glass beads.

Tom

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I've got some that I bought a long while ago when I was in my teens. I used them a bit this summer with a tungsten bead inbetween the weight and my hook. I figured it'd give a different sound that maybe the fish haven't heard before and it worked pretty well. 

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The absolute worst material to make a clacking sound with a glass bead is lead, it´s so bad that I don´t even bother, but from there brass, SS and tungsten are great, the only problem with brass is that if you fish a lot of rocky places the tip of the weight gets deformed over time and could damage your line if the deformity develops around the hole.

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Never had a brass bullet or cyclinder weight deform. Lead is soft and deforms in box from hitting each other closing the front end hole. I use Top Brass weights with very smooth and radius holes.

Tom

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I have started using steel weights when I want a light weight but a larger size, usually to protect the nose of a t-rigged plastic and prolong it's life.  However, I have yet to find a quality steel weight and the cheap ones fray my line.  I use two bobber stops to insure it don't move but it still happens.  I wonder if brass would be better?  At the very least brass will be easier to buff and smooth then steel.  

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I like the black brass bullet weights (1/8th and 3/16th ounce) that bass pro shops sells. Anything larger and I generally use tungsten.

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I like brass weights, but rarely go heavier than 1/4oz. anymore. Always with a glass bead.  For years, I used heavy brass for C-rigs, but tungsten transmits so much more info back to me that it's become my go to for that.

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8 minutes ago, papajoe222 said:

I like brass weights, but rarely go heavier than 1/4oz. anymore. Always with a glass bead.  For years, I used heavy brass for C-rigs, but tungsten transmits so much more info back to me that it's become my go to for that.

But....Brass transmits much better than lead and is a lot cheaper than tungsten.  I used to have a lot of brass bullets.  Mine are Thunder Bullets brand, a now defunct company but they made some fantastic brass products.  My supply is slowly dwindling so I should try to hunt some more down.  Never had a situation where I felt the brass color had an effect either way so I no longer bother to color them up.  This is another item I wish I had stocked up on years ago, I like using brass but because of my limited supply I mostly use lead.

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I really like brass wieghts. Less likely to damage line, provide better sound than lead when used with glass bead. Havent noticed any ill effects of the brass color either. They are cheaper than tungsten too. :)

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Is the sound a brass weight + bead and a tungsten weight + bead make that different from eachother? Lead is pretty soft so I would assume a decent difference there but with brass and tungsten both being pretty hard is there really a reason to use brass over tungsten other than cost?

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