We take sinkers for granted sometimes. In the magazine business, we seldom get the opportunity to address weighting systems in general, and that’s too bad. Precise weighting is critical. Water Gremlin sinkers have been important tools in every tackle box I’ve owned for almost 40 years. Take the Original Rubercor Sinkers on the far right in this photo. I began using them for lake trout up in small walk-to lakes in Ontario in 1973, and I’ve been using them ever since to troll for walleyes, browns, pike, bass, stripers, salmonâ€”anything you can tow a lure for.
In an article for the upcoming In-Fisherman Pike-Muskie Guide, we addressed the issue of livebaiting with big suckers. Every guide I talked to, including Steve Herbeck and Bill Shumway, admitted they use Water Gremlin Rubbercor sinkers when they want to keep big suckers down 6 feet or deeper. Rubbercors won’t damage line. They have an aquadynamic shape, so they don’t cause resistance. Resistance makes rigs rise, of courseâ€”forcing you to add more weight. (“What a vicious soycle,” as Curly would say.) Changing weights without having to re-rig or tie new knots is just one advantage of using Rubbercors. Just twist the rubber core around your line to add weight and untwist to remove. (Even Curly could do it.)
Right next to those Rubbercors is a pack of Bull Shot, which Dave Genz uses to weight his minnow rigs for smallmouth bass in the Mississippi River. “The bullet shape allows it to cut current and drop straighter and faster Â with less weight on the line,” Genz said. Before that he used Water Gremlin Pinch Grip Sinkersâ€”which my son and I still use on the Mississppi when not using those Low Profile Slip Sinkers in the background.
Why mess around with toothpicks? Instead of pegging a sliding bullet sinker to your line in heavy weeds, just crimp on a Bull Shot. It has the same conical shape for sliding through cover efficiently.
Water Gremlin makes a lot of sinkers not shown here. Their coils of Pencil Lead are standard issue on steelhead craft all over the West Coast. A cadre of serious walleye anglers use it, too. You can cut it quickly to any length you need with a plier, flatten one end with the needle nose and punch a hole in it. Presto. Made-to-order sliding sinker. Water Gremlin makes sliding Snap-Loc Dipsy Swivel bell-shaped sinkers that clip on and off the line to change weight without re-rigging. Drop-shot sinkers, egg sinkers, round shot, steel and tinâ€”every style, shape, and material has its time and place.
If you have any questions about how to rig sinkers for anything, check out the new Sinkerizer app available on the Water Gremlin website. Download it on a mobile device you can take out on the water, tell it what you’re fishing for, how deep, what the conditions are, what the bottom’s like, and it suggests a rigging option.
Snap-Loc Walking Sinkers. Removable Split Shot. Ice-Fishing Kits. Innovations we take for granted every day. Fishing would have been a lot more difficult without Water Gremlin these past 40 years.