Making Your Own Fishing Weights

Making Your Own Fishing Weights
If you are an avid angler, whether saltwater or fresh, you might consider making your own fishing weights. Losing tackle to rocks, fish, branches or just having to cut your line is quite common. It can also become expensive when you constantly have to purchase new. Making your own weights is relatively basic and you don't need a bunch of expensive equipment to do it. Imagine how you will feel knowing you made part of the tackle that helped catch "the big one."


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mold Lead Safety glasses Leather gloves Portable gas cooker Iron pot Snips Rough file
  • Mold
  • Lead
  • Safety glasses
  • Leather gloves
  • Portable gas cooker
  • Iron pot
  • Snips
  • Rough file
Step 1
Purchase a mold with which to make your weights. Your local fishing tackle store or outdoor sporting store should have molds in various sizes and styles.
Step 2
Obtain lead, which will be used to make your weights. Look around your garage and house for old pipes or scrap pieces. You can also purchase lead from your local scrap metal dealer. Take into account that it will take one kilo to make five 200-gram weights.
Step 3
Set up a portable gas cooker, such as a camping stove, in a safe area. Using one that has two burners will work best. Make sure children and pets won't be in the work area.
Step 4
Wear safety goggles and leather gloves when making the weights. For full facial safety, wear a full safety mask. All of these items can be purchased at a hardware or home improvement store.
Step 5
Place the lead into an iron pot, preferably one that has a wood handle. You will be less likely to burn yourself when handling the hot pot.
Step 6
Light the burners on the stove and place the mold on one burner that is turned to low and the pot with the lead on the other. Turn the burner with the lead pot on it to high. It should only take several minutes for the lead to melt.
Step 7
Remove the mold from the burner and pour the melted lead into it. Allow the lead and the mold to completely cool before handling it.
Step 8
Remove the weights from the mold. Use a pair of snips to snip off any waste from the sides. You can also use a rough file to smooth the edges. The weights are now ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

Melting lead that is dirty or painted will not affect the mold-making process. The paint and dirt will float to the surface once the lead is melted and stay in the pot as you pour it into the mold.
Use extreme caution when dealing with the melted lead.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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