Friday, November 30, 2012

1 1/2 oz Sinkers

I have been asked for a few years to make a true sinking needlefish, but I have always blown off the request. I think there are some really good sinking needlefish out there like SuperStrikes and Habs, and I wasn't so sure what I could add to the world of needlefish. Well, the requests became more frequent, and more forceful, so I gave in and started working on a sinking needlefish. A few years later, and I would like to introduce you to the 1 1/2 oz Sinker.

left to right: black/purple, olive/blue/white, yellow/white, eel, black
Length: 6 1/2"
Weight: Approximately 1 1/2 oz. (a heavy 1 1/2 oz.)
Hardware: Stainless steel through wire construction. KROK 310 lb hook hanger
Hooks: 3x 2/0 VMC 9626 treble and 5/0 VMC 9171 siwash
Wolverine split rings

These needles cast very well, sink quick and hold well in moving water. They will easily cast onto the bar on a high tide. Fish them deep and let them tick the bottom. Then hold on when you get to the drop off into the trough where bass love to feed. If you are out on the bar, they will cast plenty far to the bass to shy to come inshore, and sink into the deeper water off the bar.

When talking to people about needlefish, they often ask me "How do they sink?" and I am forced to try and make comparisons to other well known needlefish, but I don't have a definitive answer, because they all sink, its just a function of how fast. So I am going to set up a tank and break out the stopwatch and try to get some numbers and video of the experiment. Look out for a future post that will hopefully illustrate how level all of my needles sink, and how fast.
left to right: midnight eel, bone, yellow/white, eel, parrot

Where to get them: 
I did a short run of these just to get them into people's hands while there are a few fish still to be caught this fall. They are available at Fisherman's Supply in Point Pleasant, NJ and RM Tackle. They should be more widely available over the winter and next spring.

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