DIY Fishing Weights

DIY Fishing Weights
A fisherman often has a variety of tackle available to him while fishing to ensure he has ample supplies to make his catch. One of the most important pieces of tackle is a sinker, a small ball or similarly shaped object typically made from lead. This is attached to the line a few feet up from the hook to weigh it down. The hook can then easily be kept in the water to lure fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Method 1

Things You’ll Need:
  • Lead bullets Vise, clamp or hand vise-grip Knife Mallet File Power drill 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Lead bullets
  • Vise, clamp or hand vise-grip
  • Knife
  • Mallet
  • File
  • Power drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
Step 1
Obtain lead bullets from a sporting-goods shop or from a black-powder bullet provider. They should be a larger caliber bullet, .40 or larger, and may or may not be round.
Step 2
Secure the bullet in a vise or clamp. If the bullet is not round, secure it lengthwise. Make sure the bullet is on something solid so it won't move.
Step 3
Cut ¾ of the way through the bullet using the knife and mallet. Bullets that are not round should be cut lengthwise. Do this carefully by laying the knife down the center of the bullet and tapping the top of the knife gently with the mallet.
Step 4
Once you are halfway through the bullet, remove it and test to see if the bullet will flex when you bend it between two fingers. If the bullet was split correctly, you should be able to clamp and unclamp the split you have created. Continue splitting the bullet until you can easily clamp the bullet.
Step 5
File away any rough edges that you could cut yourself on. Make sure the inside of the split is smooth, too, or you might end up losing a line---and fish.

Method 2

Step 1
Acquire your bullet. If it is a longer lead bullet, use a hacksaw or file to remove the very tip of the bullet and create a flat top.
Step 2
Fix the bullet in a hand vise-grip. If it is not a round bullet, secure it pointing up. Make sure you can easily hold this with one hand.
Step 3
Use a power drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the bullet. If the bullet isn't round, drill through the bullet lengthwise through the flat top you created earlier.
Step 4
Turn the bullet around and drill back through the hole you just created to remove any sharp pieces on the inside.
Step 5
File the area around the hole to prevent any sharp edges from cutting you or the fishing line. This will help your line last longer and also prevent fish from getting away.

Tips & Warnings

Use needle-nosed pliers for smaller bullets when making a hole to make it easier to drill.
Always clean up after you work with lead. Wash your workspace, hands and face to prevent lead contamination.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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