There are two reasons to use a weight.
Firstly to add distance to your cast and secondly
to get a bait down to the bottom.
While this may
achieve these objectives it has additional
disadvantages; weights will get snagged, they
go in with a big
sposh and frighten fish.
As a general rule use as little weight as you
For bottom fishing this is probably the most versatile
system available. They are cheap and easy to make
and offer great flexibility. Do not be confused by
a lot of the simple bullet type lead weights that
go under this name. This is what a good Bouncing
Betty looks like.
It offers significant advantages:
The lead weight can be changed in seconds making
it easy to change weights as you fish down a pool
in different flow rates.
For fine tuning you can add a little water to the
The air in the tube keeps the weight upright
and stops snags.
use them! Instead find a suitably weighted bait.