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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 can.

   
     

Bouncing Betty

 

Weights for Spinners and plugs

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.

Bouncing Betty

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 tube.
The air in the tube keeps the weight upright and stops snags.

 

Don't use them! Instead find a suitably weighted bait.

     

Lead Weights

   

Dumping a few worms on a big hook in a static position does not work. Nor is it much fun!

   
 
 
 

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