No-Snagg Slip Sinker Tips
By Ron Lindner
- Use a lighter line from the swivel to the hook, preferably 2-4lb less than the main line on your reel.
- Because of the unique cam action, you may feel some resistance, much like an increasing pressure. Usually a sharp tight-line yank will pull it free--or set the hook on a fish.
- Shorter snells work best in heavy cover.
- Fish as vertically as possible.
- Keep your line at no more than a 45° angle, whether trolling, drifting, Lindy-, or Carolina-Rigging.
- Because the new abilities of the NO SNAGG® sinker, you are going to be fishing in snag infested conditions usually avoided before, so it must be remembered that the trail line (leader) can and will occasionally hang up at the hook. So for this reason use a swivel and a leader line of lesser lb. test - (usually 2-4 lb. Test less) than the main line that goes to the rod. If the hook hangs up, you simply break the leader, usually at the hook and not the main line, and lose the sinker - keep a lot of hooks and a spare reel of leader line to make reties easier.
- In a strong current the more vertical you keep the line, the less hang ups will occur. Try to keep loose line to a minimum and keep contact with the sinker. While the sinker manages to defy snags, loose line to your rod being blown by current won't.
- Beware of "sponge strikes"! Because of its unique ability to dance and pivot out of snags, the NO-SNAGG® sinker may momentarily feel hung up - particularly when dragged through bad areas with a lot of line out. Usually a sharp tight line yank will pull it free. However, many times it may be a fish. We call this pressure on the line "sponge strikes", because the pull feels spongy. It is important to remember that only three things will produce this spongy feel:
- A) The sinker is momentarily lodged but can be yanked free
- The hook on the leader is hung up
- It's a fish!
We have found it best to treat all "spongy feels" as if they were a fish, because the majority of times it will be a fish. The three options of treatment depending upon fish mood are:
- Set the hook hard immediately.
- Feed the "spongy feel" line before you set.
- Pause, keeping the line taught, but not tight, and lower the rod tip and then set the hook.
- The length of the trail line (leader) can vary depending upon conditions just like in any other kind of fishing. However, because you most likely will be fishing in more snag-prone conditions a straight bend hook as opposed to an offset bend should be preferred. Under some conditions even a weedless type hook might be used.