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Is anyone else noticing a fishing line shortage in the stores where you are?  Like, there is none?  I've gone to  Walmarts, Dicks Sporting Goods, and the local bait/tackle shop and there is no mono or braid.  Other than a few spools of that cheap Chinese white mono where you get 300 yards of line for $3.00.  This has been going on for awhile here.  Guess I'm going to have to bite bullet and order on-line and pay the shipping and handling.

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1 hour ago, (MO) MOCarper said:

It's cause the chinese factories shut down- it'll pick up. I can't find lead sinkers.......haven't checked Big Carp Tackle in awhile................  MO

One of the best investments I ever made was sinker molds.  I've got one for different size bank sinkers,  1/4 oz slip sinkers, and when they started proving too small I bought and egg sinker mold that goes from 1/8 oz  up to 3 oz.,   I also make balls for my muzzleloaders.  The way I can loose rigs in the rivers, the sinker molds have saved me a ton of money.  And I've always enjoyed making my own "stuff".  If you fish rivers, the egg sinkers can be flattened so they won't roll so bad by putting a piece of coat hanger wire through the hole and flattening the sinker with a hammer.  Then you have to put the wire in a vise and hammer the now flattened sinker off the wire.  This is labor intensive, but it works.  You can tale a piece of plate, drill a hole in one end large enough to get the wire through, put the  plate on the wire between the vice and the sinker, and hammer the sinker off by hitting the plate.  Have also use a small pair of pliers, but it's worth while making the plate.  If anyone has an easier way of flattening the egg sinkers, I'd like to hear it.

 

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I have molds for no-roll sinkers, 1, 2, 3 oz., from Barlow's Tackle. I pick up lead bullets at my gun club. Wheel weights are good but take a bit of cleaning and fluxing.

https://barlowstackle.com/do-it-molds-and-lead-molding-supplies/do-it-sinker-molds/?sort=featured&page=2

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8 hours ago, (TN) Cannonball said:

I have molds for no-roll sinkers, 1, 2, 3 oz., from Barlow's Tackle. I pick up lead bullets at my gun club. Wheel weights are good but take a bit of cleaning and fluxing.

https://barlowstackle.com/do-it-molds-and-lead-molding-supplies/do-it-sinker-molds/?sort=featured&page=2

Thanks for the tip on the no-roll sinker molds.  I just tried ordering  one, but the site wouldn't allow me to add the mold to the cart.  I'll call them Monday.

I've experimented using bank sinkers for inline sliding sinkers.  You can make a sinker 2 oz or 3 oz easily by laying 1 oz bank sinkers top to bottom on each other and rubber banding them together.  Then I take a piece of line, tie a swivel on it, and tie the other end to one of the sinkers.  Just thread the main line through the swivel and you've got a practically friction free sliding sinker.  This works well in soft, mucky bottoms where you don't want the sinker dragging your bait into the sediment.  Simply adjust the length of the swivel link to the depth of the muck.  A 5" or 6" link should be long enough for the sinker to go down in the sediment as much as it wants, and still have the swivel above the muck, giving you a free flowing main line.

On normal bottoms, the shorter you make the swivel link, the more sensitive bites will be detected.  One drawback with this rig is the sinker will invariably get tangled in the net when netting a fish.  You might as well just bite the bullet and cut the sinker off and retie, rather than risking having a stroke trying to untangle everything with a carp in the net waiting to be unhooked.

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