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Do yall prefer weightless on most plastics or is it different for each bait? I like to go weightless as often as possible but when i need to have some weight i hate having to re tie. Are there sinkers i can get where i wouldnt have to re tie a t rig?

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I prefer weightless for particular baits and presentations. I go weightless for stickbaits, fat ikas, flukes, and beavers. I like weights for curl-tail worms, creatures, craws, and lizards.

I don't know of a bullet sinker that can be attached without re tying. I do use the Sebile Soft Weight System occasionally. You can take the weights off of the hook if you want a weightless instead of a keel-weighted presentation.

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You can use a split shot weight right above the hook like a regular t-rig, and remove it when you want

The action is the same

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My suggestion wold be that you learn to tolerate retying. Find a knot that works and practice tying it until you get fast at it. The two I would suggest is the Improved Clinch knot or the Palomar Knot. If you don't retie after several fish, when you line gets nicked up, or when starting a new day I promise that you will break off on a possible fish of a life time. It has happened to most of us.

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On 2/26/2012 at 8:22 PM, TXFishin said:

Do yall prefer weightless on most plastics or is it different for each bait? I like to go weightless as often as possible but when i need to have some weight i hate having to re tie. Are there sinkers i can get where i wouldnt have to re tie a t rig?

I won't say "prefer", it depends on the bait. I'll rig a Yamamoto Senko weightless most of the time because it's a heavier stick. But I'll throw 1/8 oz with Zoom Finesse worms, and so on.

When I do rig weightless and I want to change to a weighted setup w/o a retie, I use Water Gremlin Bull-Shot Pro Pack weights. Think I got them at DSG, or BPS. I'll crimp these by hand (a good squeeze between the fingers) rather than crimping with pliers because I don't want to mess the line up. I'll rig these for split shotting as well 18-30" above the hook.

They're "easy" to remove with a slim object (like the non-sharp side of a pocket knife, or even a hook shank, a strong finger nail, etc.). These are not my "go-to" solution, rather, more of a lazy solution.

Further, I tie a snell on TX rigged hooks. In fact, if it isn't a weedless-rigged hook, I'll snell it. Prefer it 100% over any other knot. So easy and quick to tie, and strong. I also snell my wacky hooks (Gammy split/drop all the way down to size 4). Check your line and retie if you have ANY question whether or not there's a kink or wear on the line. Even if not, after a while, think about tying again just to be sure. He's right, we've all lost a fish thinking "Nah, I'll retie it later"...

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