Sea Fishing Lead Weights
It's one of those often under appreciated pieces of sea fishing tackle, but where would we all be without our sea fishing lead weights!
The type and weight of lead that is used for sea fishing can have a dramatic impact on casting, line snags and fish catches, yet many fishermen regard their lead weights as an afterthought with a kind of 'any lead will do' attitude!
Getting the right type of lead at the end of your line can make the difference between catching fish and being constantly tangled in the rocks, so choose carefully and always carry a selection of not only different sizes but also types of lead weights.
For shore fishing, you are going to need grapnel leads for fishing over sand and mud as this stops the lead from drifting away in strong currents and strong waves, especially when fishing storm beaches.
For rocky ground, use either a lead lifter or a shaped lead which will naturally aqua plane as the lead is retrieved - this ensures that your terminal tackle gets away from the rocky seabed as soon as possible on retrieve.
Boat fishing especially can be heavily impacted by the type of lead being used. It's little use using a lead which isn't streamlined if you're trolling as this causes extra drag and cavitation, which can scare fish, but if you're drifting on wrecks you probably want a lead which gets down to the fish as quickly as possible - ball leads, and infact any lead which will avoid tumbling in the water are a great idea here.
For heavier fishing in deep water, you are better off with a traditional torpedo shaped lead which falls quickly and avoids tumbling - larger ball leads can be used but the additional surface area of these leads can add drag, definitely not what you want in really deep water over a wreck!
If you need advice on choosing sea fishing lead weights, give us a call on 01524 422 146 or call in and see us!