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Buying Sinkers for Swordfish just got easier

Bought some sword sinkers yesterday and it's great because now they offer financing with some very friendly terms.  With interest rates so low it's the time to stock up!  Wish I could pay cash, but who has that kind of money these days.

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  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 12,301 AG
    Lead prices are crazy. Even #11 rebar isn't exactly cheap but still the best bang for the buck even though it is not as efficient as lead in the current.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,464 AG
    can you make ones out of soda bottles as a form and pouring concrete into them?  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 12,301 AG
    concrete weights aren't really feasible when you need 10-15 lbs of weight in strong current. In the early days of daytiming they tried them as break away weights just to get the bait down and then popping them off. It was soon learned that if you keep  heavy weights remaining on the line it assists in the hookset as swords try to swim up with the weight and you get a better hook up ratio.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,464 AG
    concrete weights aren't really feasible when you need 10-15 lbs of weight in strong current. In the early days of daytiming they tried them as break away weights just to get the bait down and then popping them off. It was soon learned that if you keep  heavy weights remaining on the line it assists in the hookset as swords try to swim up with the weight and you get a better hook up ratio.
    i have never deep dropped so i don't know how it goes.  I would figure you could just put an eye into concrete just as easy as lead though and have a weight that is retrievable.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • b1gdog83b1gdog83 Posts: 289 Deckhand
    I wouldnt use concrete for sword depths 1500-1750ft. However, last week I got bored and had some left off concrete and decided to pour some in 32oz gatorade bottles. They come out weighing approx 3lbs. I used utility wire to make an eye in the concrete. I also suggest cutting off the bottom of the bottle and put your eye on the bottom that way its more aerodynamic going down. My plan was to use these for snowy grouper (500ft)  since the bottom where I catch them is very sticky.  With all that said I tried them last week and they take longer to reach bottom but do the job. However the current was very light and I suspect if the current is stronger they will not be as effective.
  • Sixth GenerationSixth Generation Posts: 910 Officer
    You will have to mold them, but a company called Jones Stephens sells 5 lb lead ingots for caulking plumbing joints.  Part number is JS L42052 and they should cost $20-25...  Buy it through a plumbing distributor.
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,653 Captain
    There's a few guys around selling for $2.00 - $2.50 lb. Still pretty pricey.
  • b1gdog83b1gdog83 Posts: 289 Deckhand
    Can you provide the guys that are selling lead for $2?
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,680 Captain
    I have eight lead ingots that weight 68 lb's each but they are in use and not for sale.
    Got them for nothing.
    Giimoozaabi
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,653 Captain
    b1gdog83 said:
    Can you provide the guys that are selling lead for $2?
    https://www.ocean-angler.com/lead-fishing-weights/
    https://lead-bandit.square.site/

    The prices vary depending on quantity. I got mine at last year's marine flea mkt in Islamorada and it was around $2.00 lb. for some different size dd wts. Google it and you'll find a few.
  • mike_smike_s Posts: 448 Deckhand
    Try Pete's sinkers   https://petessinkhers.com/  

    Full disclosure, I have not purchased from Pete in probably 2 yrs so not sure if he is still around.  Egg sinkers were always top notch. 
  • kayakerinkeywestkayakerinkeywest Posts: 666 Officer
    I just bought 66 lbs for $115 = $1.75 Free Shipping.  https://www.pbcastco.com/
    There are also sellers on ebay that sell for $2 lb but most are based on buying 50 lbs or more.
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  • MangroveMarkMangroveMark Oak HillPosts: 492 Deckhand
    Last I checked Pete is not selling big weights anymore. I bought many deep drop and daytime swordfish weights from him in the past. He is the Man! Lead or iron(sash weights, rebar) are the way to go unless you are sacrificing weight where concrete is OK, but much more volume, drag and flutter.
  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 419 Deckhand
    +1 for ebay.... about $2 a pound when buying 50lbs.  Pricey but better than at the bait shops.  Still using my old sinker melting pot from the 80's!
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