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Bank vs egg sinkers

Old 03-16-2019, 10:49 AM
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I've always used Bank sinkers when fishing for grouper and mutton to about 200 ft. I end up with a lot of wrapped up baits. I was thinking , what would be the difference if I use egg sinkers on the line. Anyone else use egg sinkers as opposed to bank for these applications?
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:01 AM
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Are you using the bank sinkers set up on a fish finder rig IE one hook out away from the weight? May need to adjust the length of the leader to the hook or feather the spool on the drop to slow things down a bit and keep it from spinning
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Originally Posted by NcStateFisher View Post
Are you using the bank sinkers set up on a fish finder rig IE one hook out away from the weight? May need to adjust the length of the leader to the hook or feather the spool on the drop to slow things down a bit and keep it from spinning
Is there another way to avoid the tangles?., that's really why I would try the egg. I would still be using the same length leader .
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:54 AM
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Thread a swivel and then 2 beads onto the mainline , then tie another swivel to mainline and leader . Run a dropper loop from the swivel on the mainline for your bank sinker . I habitually stop it with my thumb on spool multiple times on the way down . Works like a charm .
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:57 AM
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Works better with 2 beads
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
Thread a swivel and then 2 beads onto the mainline , then tie another swivel to mainline and leader . Run a dropper loop from the swivel on the mainline for your bank sinker . I habitually stop it with my thumb on spool multiple times on the way down . Works like a charm .
This is my regular set up. Tangles quite a bit especially if there's no current or if we are drifting with the current. I was hoping to try the eggs to see if it was possible and the result was different
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by triplejs View Post
This is my regular set up. Tangles quite a bit especially if there's no current or if we are drifting with the current. I was hoping to try the eggs to see if it was possible and the result was different
Are you stopping it multiple times on the way down ? It gives it a chance to straighten itself out on the way down .
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
Are you stopping it multiple times on the way down ? It gives it a chance to straighten itself out on the way down .
I do but perhaps not enough .. You just want to get down there when the bite is on
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:26 PM
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Try every 10-20 ft , I do it out of habit but it's somewhere around there . Even doing that I'm usually first to the bottom . Just stopping the spool for a second or so .
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Originally Posted by triplejs View Post
I do but perhaps not enough .. You just want to get down there when the bite is on
looks like you are dropping too fast. I drop 50’ leaders without tangles.

sometimes I walk the rod towards the bow as I’m dropping to help straighten the leader, specially on days with little current
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post


looks like you are dropping too fast. I drop 50’ leaders without tangles.

sometimes I walk the rod towards the bow as I’m dropping to help straighten the leader, specially on days with little current
I think you are right, Its just that we normally fish a couple of people on each side. i kinda want to try the bank but was wondering if they work in this application.
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Best advice I ever got was to ditch both of them. Get cigar weights with a snap swivel on the top. Tie your main line to a snap swivel, clip on a 3 way swivel and then snap the weight to the bottom, and use a snap swivel for the side one to go to your leader. It’s easy to change between weight sizes and from trolling or fly lines or trolling on the same rod, and you can get your rods ready when running to the next spot. Well worth buying new lead!
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:22 PM
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Are you using braid? THat is a known problem with leaders wrapping the main line when braid is the main line. To solve, tie a 10-20' piece of mono on the braid and do your rigging using the top shot mono.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by bluescholar View Post
Best advice I ever got was to ditch both of them. Get cigar weights with a snap swivel on the top. Tie your main line to a snap swivel, clip on a 3 way swivel and then snap the weight to the bottom, and use a snap swivel for the side one to go to your leader. It’s easy to change between weight sizes and from trolling or fly lines or trolling on the same rod, and you can get your rods ready when running to the next spot. Well worth buying new lead!
So one three way swivel tied to main line, one snap swivel attached to a cigar weight and attached directly to the second loop of the three way Then, a second snap swivel attached to the leader and snapped to the third loop of the three way? That sounds like a lot of connections, terminal tackle for a bottom rig.
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What jack said is very likely the cause. Also check how you are cutting and hooking your baits. You want your bait to be as streamlined as possible so it doesn’t spin on the way down or while you are drifting.

Also, generally speaking, slow/no current = shorter leader, good fast current = longer leader.
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Originally Posted by bluescholar View Post
Best advice I ever got was to ditch both of them. Get cigar weights with a snap swivel on the top. Tie your main line to a snap swivel, clip on a 3 way swivel and then snap the weight to the bottom, and use a snap swivel for the side one to go to your leader. It’s easy to change between weight sizes and from trolling or fly lines or trolling on the same rod, and you can get your rods ready when running to the next spot. Well worth buying new lead!
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How long of a leader are you guys using? We use 4-6’ on “fish finder” rigs with egg weights never any tangle problems
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How about using a “knocker rig”? Get the bait to the bottom fast and tangle free and let the bait drift away from the weight.
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Old 03-19-2019, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by tkramerv View Post
How about using a “knocker rig”? Get the bait to the bottom fast and tangle free and let the bait drift away from the weight.
Knocker is the best. When using braid though you still have to watch out for letting out line once your egg sinker is on the bottom. If you let too much line out past the sinker it will tangle. It helps to use a longer leader when doing the knocker with braid. Too short of leader can let your mono or braid tangle up with each other when there's some current.
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