Sinkers & Moulds
Sinkers, almost always made of lead, are designed to get your lure or bait in front of the fish. Often, this involves getting your offering to the bottom of the lake or stream and keeping it there. Here at Anaconda, we offer a range of sinkers ranging from simple split shot to more elaborate sinkers that are ideal for your target species. As buying ready-made leads can work out expensive, we also stock a range of lead moulds which allow you to make your own lead weights as and when they are needed
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Can I purchase sinkers and moulds at Anaconda?
Yes, you can. If you require sinkers to ensure that you get the bait at the right depth to attract your chosen fish, you can find a great choice of different sizes and shapes here at Anaconda. Different conditions, such as moving currents vs. still lake water, will demand different amounts of lead. Then there are different shapes which some people prefer as they make casting easier, or will be less likely to get stuck in certain obstacles, etc.
What should you consider when choosing sinkers?
Is there any current? (The less current, the less weight you need.)
What type of bottom is there in the are you fishing in? (Is the bottom covered with rock, sand, weeds, or timber?)
What do you want your bait or lure to do? (If the bait or lure has to cover a large amount of water, you need a different type of rig)
Some shapes and sizes allow baits to float around in the current, others anchor bait precisely in one spot. Sinkers can be used to make adjustments to float or lure rigs and some sinkers are used to move baits below the surface, but not all the way to the bottom. Consider the depth at which the target fish are feeding, and how much movement you need to allow your bait and then choose the lightest weight that is practical to achieve that presentation.
What are sinkers made from?
Most sinkers are made from lead. The lead is melted and poured into a sinker mould. In fact, all sinkers are made by pouring melted metal into a mould, but in some places in the world, lead has been outlawed in fishing tackle, in which case bismuth or tungsten can be used, although both these options are much more expensive. Therefore, lead is still the most used metal for making sinkers.
What kind of sinkers are available at Anaconda?
A number of sinker choices are available. Here are some of the most common:
Pyramid sinkers - this type of sinker gets to the bottom quickly and digs into sand or mud.
Ball sinkers - these sinkers are popular for running sinker rigs, where the main line is threaded through the sinker and left unattached, so it can move more freely.
Bean sinkers - Bean sinkers are often preferred over ball sinkers because of their good casting shape that offers better bottom-holding characteristics than the ball sinker, due to the bean's flat sides.
Egg sinkers - Egg sinkers and diamond sinkers move over rocks and rubble a little easier than other shapes.
Split shot sinkers - Split shot sinkers are very useful when fishing light in streams or estuaries and are quick to get on and off and work well when you need a little extra weight.
Of course, sinkers are only one small part of the huge range of fishing gear available at Anaconda, so remember to check out the rest of our fishing range for all your rods, reels, lines, lures and other fishing essentials as well as clothing, footwear and other accessories for anglers of all ages.