How to Fish With Round Lead Sinker Molds

How to Fish With Round Lead Sinker Molds
Anglers often refer to round lead sinker molds as cannonball sinkers because of the smooth, round weights resemble cannonballs. Designed to get a bait down into deep waters quickly, round lead sinkers are typically large in size. Commonly available in sizes ranging from 1 oz. to more than 5 ozs., they feature a brass eye molded into the lead. Anglers use the eye to attach the sinker to a fishing line or leader by means of a knot.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line or leader
  • Round lead sinker mold
  • Scissors
Step 1
Attach a round lead sinker mold to the main line or leader on your fishing rod. Rig the end of the line so that the main line extends past the hook for attaching a round sinker or, alternatively, use a dropper line that extends out from the main line.
Step 2
Connect the round sinker mold to the line either by using a swivel snap tied to the rig or by tying it on with a Uni knot. Form the Uni by feeding 4 to 5 inches of line through the brass eye of the sinker mold. Pull the free end beside the main line and hold 1 inch of the double line in place. Turn the free end back toward the sinker forming a loop and wrap the free end around the double line and through the loop four times. Moisten the knot and pull down tight.
Step 3
Attach a hook to the line with a swivel snap or use a Uni knot. Place bait on the hook, based on the type of fish, conditions and personal preference.
Step 4
Cast the line with the round sinker mold into the water and give it time to sink to the bottom. The design of the weight will make it sink quickly. Allow extra time for the weight to reach the bottom in especially deeper waters.
Step 5
Fish the rig with the sinker mold using a variety of methods. Allow the sinker mold rig to sit motionless on the bottom with the bait suspended several inches up. Pull the sinker mold slowly across the bottom, working it over and into structure.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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