Catfish Basics #033 – Sinker Safety ─ Brian Barton

One of the common elements of catfish rigs are sinkers. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be a problem swinging and bouncing around in a boat. They can be a hazard to anglers and equipment as well. Heavy weights are capable of damaging rods and chipping gelcoat, to say nothing about human injury if you get whacked.

Capt. Brian Barton has a quick and effective way to immobilize the swinging culprits and prevent potential damage. His solution allows anglers to leave weighted rigs intact while moving from fishing spot to fishing spot.

“I use a simple hair clip,” instructed Barton. “They are readily available at Wal-Mart or similar stores. When opened with a simple squeeze of the fingers the clips fit easily around the weights and the rod to secure them from bouncing while you are on plane and moving. When I get to my new spot, they come off as easily as they went on, and I am ready to fish without having to reattach the weights. Just bait up and toss em’ out.”

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