When Should I Use Weights on a Fishing Line?

When fishing, the type of weights you use on your line can make a huge difference in how successful your outing will be. There are several factors to consider when deciding which type of weights to use on your line, such as the type of fish you’re Targeting, the water depth and current, and the presentation of your bait or lure.

Type of Fish
The type of fish you are Targeting is an important factor when selecting weights for your line. If you’re Targeting smaller species like bluegill or crappie, you may not need any weight at all. On the other hand, if you’re fishing for larger species like bass or northern pike, heavier weights may be necessary to get your bait down to their preferred depths.

Water Depth and Current
The water depth and current also play a role in which types of weights should be used on a fishing line. In shallow areas with slow moving current, lighter weights may suffice to get your bait down where the fish are. But if you’re fishing in deeper waters with strong currents, heavier weights may be needed to overcome the force of the current and keep your bait in place.

The presentation of your bait or lure is also a factor when choosing which type of weights to use on a fishing line. If you’re using live bait such as worms or minnows, light split shot sinkers can provide enough weight for good presentation without spooking the fish away with too much weight on the line. For artificial lures such as crankbaits or spinners, heavier sinkers may be required to get them down deep enough for them to be effective.

When should I use weights on a fishing line? The answer depends on several factors including the type of fish being Targeted, water depth and current conditions, and presentation of bait or lures being used.

Ultimately it comes down to personal preference but understanding how different types of weights affect how well baits and lures present themselves can help increase success rates while out on the water.

Conclusion: Weights should be used on a fishing line according to what type of fish is being Targeted, water depth and current conditions present in that area, as well as what kind of presentation is desired with baits or lures being used.

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Lindsay Collins