DIY Snagless Sinkers

This weekend I assembled some DIY snagless sinkers. I'd been wanting to do more drifting and trolling, so I thought it would be a good idea. The basic idea is that the long, thin shape will slip, slide, and snake its way through underwater rocks and brush rather than snagging. Truthfully, they should call them "snag-resistant" because there's no such thing as a snagless sinker. But I can't think of many things in fishing that are 100% effective.

They're also easy to build. I patterned mine after the Team Catfish Snagless Sinkers.

The parts you need are:
  • Egg Sinkers - The weight and quantity of the sinkers depend on the desired total weight of your snagless sinker. You want it long enough to snake though underwater structure, but not so long that it's unwieldy. I wanted 2 oz snagless sinkers, so I used eight 1/4 oz sinkers which is about ideal.
  • Fishing Line - I used 40 lb mono, but that's undoubtedly over-kill. I do recommend monofilament though for the abrasion resistance.
  • Barrel Swivel - I used #3 swivels because I had them on hand, but smaller ones would work fine. It doesn't take much strength to hold a few ounces or less.
  • Plastic Bead - I used a plastic bead as a "stopper" on the end to tie off the line.
  • Plasti-Dip - You can pick this up on Amazon or at the local Home Depot.
You take a foot or so of line, tie it off to a swivel using a palomar knot. Then string your egg sinkers on, one by one. The bead is strung on last. Finally, tie a simple overhand knot or two in the line snug up against the bead to secure everything, and trim the tag end of the line. You want there to be little or no slack between all the parts tied on the line.

The final step is to coat the last two egg sinkers and the bead in Plasti-Dip. I applied four coats of Plasti-Dip to my sinkers. The purpose of the dip, I believe, is to encourage the sinker to slide through structure easier. I wonder how much it really helps. But if it's good enough for Team Catfish, it's bloody well good enough for me! In any case, don't dip the whole string of sinkers because that will stiffen the entire assembly which will certainly hamper its snag-resistance.

An added benefit of this project is you'll have a lot of extra Plasti-Dip for hours of fun rubber-coating crap around your house!

I defy anyone to buy a can of Plasti-Dip and then not go rummaging through their belongings looking for stuff to rubberize. It can't be done, I say.