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Sliding sinkers have a hole drilled completely through their middle, and are strung onto the fishing line like beads. Because the line slides through them, a fish is not as likely to feel the sinker's weight and drop the bait. There are two basic styles of sliding sinkers: Egg sinkers are named after their shape; they weigh 1/8ounce and up. These are good for fishing with live bait, such as night crawlers or baitfish, on the bottom of a lake or pond. The sinker stays on the bottom, and when a fish takes the bait, the fisherman sees or feels his line move. Bullet sinkers are conelike, as their name implies, and are designed for use with lures, such as plastic worms. Their smooth, streamlined shape resists snagging on weeds.

Sliding sinkers come in two basic forms. The egg sinker (top) is ideal for fishing live bait, and the bullet sinker (bottom) works best when using lures, such as this plastic worm.

Casting or dipsey sinkers are used for fishing bait on the bottom, usually in deep water. These bell-shaped sinkers weigh 1/8ounce and up. Fishing line is tied to or goes through a wire eye protruding from the top, which swivels freely to prevent line twist. A dipsey sinker is advantageous in rock-strewn bottoms, where its rounded profile is less likely to snag.

The casting or dipsey sinker has a swivel eye to prevent line twist.

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Trolling sinkers are designed to be tied into the fishing line via an improved clinch knot at each end (you must cut the line to tie it in) a couple of feet above the lure or bait. These sinkers keep the offering deep in the water when slowly motoring or rowing. Most trolling sinkers are cylindrical in shape and feature bead-chain swivels on either end, to which the line is tied (see the next section for details on swivels). Some have a triangular keel to keep them straight in the water and reduce line twist.

Other, less common sinker styles include walking sinkers, which are shaped like a shallow L and are used to slowly move live baits directly across the bottom; grip or clinch sinkers, which are cylindrical in shape with tabs at either end that clamp onto the fishing line; and lead strips or strip sinkers, which are matchlike or stringlike in shape and can be wrapped or formed around the fishing line.

Snaps, Swivels, and Snap-Swivels

Many fishing situations call for a connection between line and line or line and lure. That's where snaps and swivels come in. These tiny steel devices, which come in brass, silver, or matte-black finishes, are so inexpensive that even high-quality ones cost 25 cents or so in freshwater-fishing sizes. Yet they are integral to successful, hassle-free fishing. You can use a improved clinch knot to tie them to your line.

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Snaps are tiny diaper-pin-like devices that simplify changing lures. Tie one to the end of your line and it's a simple matter to open the snap, put on a plug, close the snap, and begin casting. You can change lures in seconds, without having to cut your line and tie a new knot each time. Snaps also make it easy to change sinker weights quickly.

However, snaps should never be used to attach a baited hook to a line. The presence of a metal snapa large

Trolling sinkers are tied into the line. Some are cylindrical (top), others have a keel to reduce line twist (bottom).

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