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    Howdy all! Just joined 5 minutes ago, tons of excellent information on here. Can someone help me with sinker size? It seems when i use heavy sinkers i always get hung up or if i use a lighter sinker it drifts and i still get hung up. Im fishing rivers and using 1oz-2oz flat bank sinkers.

    iowahunter78iowahunter78
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    Trial and error….I start light and add as needed just enough to hold it where I want it. I try to use as little weight as possible.

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    Quote by: moose07

    Howdy all! Just joined 5 minutes ago, tons of excellent information on here. Can someone help me with sinker size? It seems when i use heavy sinkers i always get hung up or if i use a lighter sinker it drifts and i still get hung up. Im fishing rivers and using 1oz-2oz flat bank sinkers.

    From shore or boat?

    Avatarmoose07
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    This time it was from shore.

    Avatarcuda
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    Why not try egg sinkers and try a Carolina Rig? You can all ways use lighter sinkers an line them up on the line to get it to hold. And the small sinkers will not hang up as easy either.

    Avatarmoose07
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    With the small sinkers won’t the current not let it sink or flow into a snag then?

    Avatarfisherguy28
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    If it’s to small it will either drift into A snag or right up to the bank. I use walking sinkers in the river they seem to hold pretty well in most cases and if that doesn’t work I got A mold for 4-8 oz egg sinkers although I have never used A sinker that big.

    Avatarcuda
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    The smaller sinkers are line up the line you can use 1 to 20 small ones instead of one big one say 5-6oz. size. I have used 1/2oz sinkers and added 6 of them they held better than one 3oz egg. And did not snag as easy either you could use 1oz and add them up to what you need to hold your bait right where you want.

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    I use no roll sinkers and if the current is bad one large egg sinker in front of the no roll. Seems to work ok for me.

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    Quote by: cuda

    The smaller sinkers are line up the line you can use 1 to 20 small ones instead of one big one say 5-6oz. size. I have used 1/2oz sinkers and added 6 of them they held better than one 3oz egg. And did not snag as easy either you could use 1oz and add them up to what you need to hold your bait right where you want.

    Never gave that any thought but I have some spots that this may work real well in.

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    Quote by: moose07

    Howdy all! Just joined 5 minutes ago, tons of excellent information on here. Can someone help me with sinker size? It seems when i use heavy sinkers i always get hung up or if i use a lighter sinker it drifts and i still get hung up. Im fishing rivers and using 1oz-2oz flat bank sinkers.

    Might be your rig and not the weight size/shape. Maybe try experimenting with different rigging techniques.

    Avatarmoose07
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    Thanks for all the information, I guess I have a lot to think about for my next rigging option.

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    If you’re fishing in current from the shore, you’ll need more weight than if fishing from a boat. In either case, if you are still fishing, not trolling or drifting, you should use a flat (no roll)sinker so that it won’t roll down the river. You’re still going to get plenty of movement because you are fishing cross current and the friction on your line is going to pull the sinker and bait down stream. As someone else mentioned, you’ll need to experiment to see how much weight to use in the current to hold your bait where you want it. If you cast your line slightly down stream…quartering the current…your rig won’t move as far.

    Good luck in your next adventure…Ken

    OldbearOldbear
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    I rig pretty much carolina style. I use to use egg sinkers but have quit as it doesn’t matter how heavy they are they will roll to the side. I use flat slip sinkers that are in the shape of a large tear drop in anywhere from 1oz to 5oz with a bead between the swivel snap and sinker.

    Mayor of Hickory Grove

    alan_50501alan_50501
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    I know guys around here who fish the river and some use weight from 2 ounce sinkers up to 10 ounce

    Fort dodge

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