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Default WTB 4,6,8,10, 12 lb weights- custom shape

I am looking for a set of weights in the above sizes that will not roll around like Salmon balls or like downrigger balls. So a downrigger ball with a flat bottom would be great. Yes, these may need to be custom made

To add some clarity, I want to keep these balls on my boat so that I can have at the ready a set of drag setting weights. Yes i know I could use a scale. I fish alone a lot ..yes I know drags set in this way may not be as accurate as using a more representative angle. I just want a quick and easy way to set the drag on several different rods while out on the water.

Yes, I know there are cheaper ways. and if you have advise I am all ears...but what works for you, my not satisfy my needs

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2 ideas for you on weights:

First, consider deep drop weights, and carry them in a bucket with pvc tubes to keep them organized. These are cylindrical weights with an eye on the top, and this will take the least amount of space and be easily accessible. Main line -> snap swivel -> lift the weight right out of the bucket and put back down after adjusting drag. Here’s an example of some deep drop weights from someone I think is a THT site sponsor:

https://thetackleroom.com/collection...p-drop-weights

Also, Fathom Offshore makes some that are glow in the dark rubber coated, a bit more forgiving if banged around in the boat. You can also use “flex seal” or whatever to coat them yourself.


Second, you could go with this type of dumbbell:

They are available at sporting goods stores, amazon, etc. Neoprene covered dumbbells, so they are essentially “waterproof” and won’t be rough on the boat deck. The ends are hexagonal so they don’t roll easily. These will take a lot more space and probably be out on the deck where you’ll trip on them, so.... I guess the bright colors might be useful. I’d stick with the deep drop weights I mentioned first.

That said, I think you are way overthinking this. For most purposes, you are going to be just fine with a “feels about right” drag setting if you need to make an adjustment while on the water. If you’ve got some outfit where you want to leverage your max drag setting vs a relatively light line or something, you can do more of a precision setting at home. I don’t know, maybe you’re going for a line test IGFA record and there is a good reason for this, I guess I’m not trying to argue with you.

Lastly, it is possible to set your drag solo using a scale and I would 99% choose this method if I was in this situation. I would tie off the scale to a cleat and put a rod in a rod holder. You want all these things “fixed” in relative positions to really calculate the drag properly. Bouncing up and down in the ocean trying to lift a 12 pound weight off the deck just seems like a bad idea.
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I'd check in to rebar and based on your desired weights above, qty3 @ 4lb & qty1 @ 2lb is all you need.

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Guys..these are great ideas...Now thinking of a small canvas bag " like a tool pouch" that I could put various weights into....1-2lb. .1 - 4lb...1 - 8lb...being in a small canvas bag will keep deep drop weights from rolling around.

And that's just three separate weights vs five.

Will see what I come up with. Storage is not an issue...I have drawers...



and now thinking of using scuba soft weight pouches


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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
I am looking for a set of weights in the above sizes that will not roll around like Salmon balls or like downrigger balls. So a downrigger ball with a flat bottom would be great. Yes, these may need to be custom made

To add some clarity, I want to keep these balls on my boat so that I can have at the ready a set of drag setting weights. Yes i know I could use a scale. I fish alone a lot ..yes I know drags set in this way may not be as accurate as using a more representative angle. I just want a quick and easy way to set the drag on several different rods while out on the water.

Yes, I know there are cheaper ways. and if you have advise I am all ears...but what works for you, my not satisfy my needs
I’m curious why you’re needing to set drags on the boat rather than at home. Drag settings are typically relatively to line strength so they would not change at strike on a lever drag. On a star drag you can’t preset. Trying to imagine a scenario creating the need but coming up empty.
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I think this is my solution....3 weight pouches....and a larger pouch they will fit in.

Fyi...I am not looking for any records.. but in the keys with all the sharks....I am looking to squeeze out every bit of drag that i can. Sometimes I need to lighten up my leaders and want to adjust my drag.
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Just get a small bucket, add water until it weighs 4lbs, mark it with a Sharpie, add more water until it weights 6 lbs., mark with a Sharpie, go up to 12 lbs. Use bucket for lots of things until you need to set your drags at Sea.
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Originally Posted by CoastalNC78 View Post
I’m curious why you’re needing to set drags on the boat rather than at home. Drag settings are typically relatively to line strength so they would not change at strike on a lever drag. On a star drag you can’t preset. Trying to imagine a scenario creating the need but coming up empty.
I will often change leader material while out on the water.
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
Just get a small bucket, add water until it weighs 4lbs, mark it with a Sharpie, add more water until it weights 6 lbs., mark with a Sharpie, go up to 12 lbs. Use bucket for lots of things until you need to set your drags at Sea.
I tried buckets...not convenient
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
I will often change leader material while out on the water.
I assume then that you’re using leader that is lighter than your main line. Because if your leader is heavier than your main line, your drag setting should be based on the unchanging main line (the weakest link) and not the leader.
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Does anyone know where to buy #11 rebar or who typically sells or uses these large diameter pieces? Want to get some for swording but have no idea where to look.
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Originally Posted by CoastalNC78 View Post
I assume then that you’re using leader that is lighter than your main line. Because if your leader is heavier than your main line, your drag setting should be based on the unchanging main line (the weakest link) and not the leader.
I was wondering the same thing, I've never seen a reason to use leader less than the mainline.
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Originally Posted by CoastalNC78 View Post
I assume then that you’re using leader that is lighter than your main line. Because if your leader is heavier than your main line, your drag setting should be based on the unchanging main line (the weakest link) and not the leader.

The main line is always heavier....the drag s set for the leader material.....this is not trolling..this is mutton snapper fishing 40feet of 40,30 or even 20lb leader.....also yellowtail fishing...When the 20" fish show up...the standard 10lb line isn't enough...so then you go to a heavier main line...and switch up leader until they bite...hence the need for 4 lb, 6lb, 8lb weights...and yes I use 4lb drag on ten pound line. It works
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Originally Posted by covered up View Post
Does anyone know where to buy #11 rebar or who typically sells or uses these large diameter pieces? Want to get some for swording but have no idea where to look.
Google rebar and see what's in your area...I had to call a few places before I found one who understood what I was trying to do and would work with me.

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I was wondering the same thing, I've never seen a reason to use leader less than the mainline.
Common practice on all the boats I go on (and mine). Main line is as large as rod/reel can handle and adjust for target species by jumping up and down in leader size.
And since my knots don't "give", if something needs to be broke off- I'm only out a few yard of leader...not a shit ton of main line.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
I tried buckets...not convenient
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Originally Posted by gameon View Post
I was wondering the same thing, I've never seen a reason to use leader less than the mainline.
That’s what I was getting at, only situation I can think of is braid main line with a mono topshot. Even then they’re typically the same weight, and the mono topshot is probably not being changed out. Not trying to tell the OP what to do, just figured might save him time/expense if weighing on the boat isn’t necessary.

I also
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Originally Posted by CoastalNC78 View Post
That’s what I was getting at, only situation I can think of is braid main line with a mono topshot. Even then they’re typically the same weight, and the mono topshot is probably not being changed out. Not trying to tell the OP what to do, just figured might save him time/expense if weighing on the boat isn’t necessary.

I also

I appreciate the advise , but Mutton Snapper fishing...I may drop down from 40 leader..to 30 lb leader..main line is 65lb braid....at that point I need to change the drag to accommodate the lighter leader. Also yellowtail fishing...when the bigger fish show up..I may change rods to a heavier mainline that starts off with 30lb leader 35 lb mainline...then i will keep down sizing until the yellowtails start biting again.


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Does anyone know where to buy #11 rebar or who typically sells or uses these large diameter pieces? Want to get some for swording but have no idea where to look.
call hydraulic/heavy machinery shops. You’d be surprised how many steel solid pins and hydraulic shafts they scrap. One local to me let’s me have all I want free of charge. Excellent weights and I bring fresh fish back to him as a thank you. Works great for both of us.
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Originally Posted by gameon View Post
I was wondering the same thing, I've never seen a reason to use leader less than the mainline.
using light flouro leaders for leader shy fish....

80# braid to 30# -40# flouro leader for chunking tuna just as 1 example....
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