Because lead is a health hazard here is an alternate way of making fishing sinkers which has the following advantages:
· No lead to contaminate hands or to build up in the ocean near prime fishing spots.
· Inexpensive (almost free) and easy to make.
· If a sandsinker gets stuck or lost in the ocean the fabric deteriorates and all that's left is sand which came from the ocean to begin with.
Tear fabric into strips about 3 1/2 inches wide and fold in half lengthwise.
For "Scuzzy style" sinkers, just sew the fabric together not far from the edge, being sure to "backtack" before and after the spots where one sinker ends and another begins; in other words, the spot where you will be cutting. Using the cotton string and upholstery needle stitch once through the fabric, cut the string off the needle and wind the string tightly a few times around and tie off.
Using the funnel, add the sand and push it down until the sinker feels solid.
sinkers work AS
Also the long and thin ones cast VERY well because they have very little air drag, like rockets.
The fish don't care if the sinkers are "scuzzy" with seams on the outside or "Adrien Monk style" which is nice and neat. Also the neat ones don't cast any better than the quick and scuzzy ones.
They all work. AND ... NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR KIDS HAVE TO BE WASHING HANDS ALL THE TIME OR WORRYING ABOUT LEAD.
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Thanks. Good luck fishing.
Perkons (Daina Krumins)