How do I select the right quick change fishing weights and rigging?
The advantages of the Quick Change weight system.
Reduced wear on line, the ability to use all kinds of different weights with a snap, and at the end of the day, snapping off your weight will greatly extend rod life.
To determine the type of weight to achieve the depth for presenting your lure or rig correctly so you catch fish is critical to success. Obviously, lighter weights are fished slower and shallower and heavier weights faster and deeper. The most important function of a weight is for the fishermen to know where their lure or bait is in relation to the bottom. Generally speaking, weights fall into three categories.
Walking and standup sinkers, split shot.
These weights work best at slow to very slow trolling speeds or casting retrieval speed. A smooth bottom that is snag free is the best place to use these weights and the fish must be close to the bottom. These weights create a mud trail, much like a minnow or small forage, as they move across the bottom.
All types of bottom bouncer weights.
The Quick Change Lite Bite bouncer, the standard bottom bouncer, and the three way drop weight all basically work the same. They can contact the bottom or be trolled just above the bottom. If they contact the bottom, they create a mud trail as mentioned above and give the fishermen a feel for the type of bottom they are fishing. When fishing these styles of weights, they should only tick the bottom. These bouncers are best used in snag infested places. But if they are dragged on the bottom, they will snag as frequently as the sinkers. Maintaining a 60 degree angle will make these most effective when trolling in snag infested areas.
Snap weights or downrigger type weights.
These are designed to control your lure or bait at precise depths. They don't follow the contour of the bottom as the weights above.
Important rigging instructions for the Quick Change System.
When rigging your Quick Change weight snap, it is important that you place a bead at the back end before you tie your snap swivel to the line. This helps protect your knot on the snap swivel and tangling. Many fishermen rig the weight snap with a snap swivel as illustrated. Even though you can easily twist weights in and out of the weight snap, installing a snap swivel make changing weight even easier and also reduces twist when fishing the Lite Bite bouncer.
Advantages of Quick Change Weights
The Lite Bite bouncer has less drag due to low profile weight design plus, when rigged correctly, the Lite Bite allows you to “feed the fish line” as the weight snap allows line to slip through it. The Quick Change standup sinker actually stands up and because the sinker contacts more of the bottom, you have more feel and can use less weight. We believe both of these weights will reduce snagging substantially when fished and rigged correctly.
One final thought.
The most important reason weights are used, is to know where the bottom is in relation to your lure. Use enough weight so you can feel the bottom and put the lure in front of their face.