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The Tackle Doctor: Adding an Insert to Tungsten Weights


Date: 4/25/12
Tackle type: Terminal Tackle
Manufacturer: Multiple
Reviewer: Leo

When it comes to tackle on the professional bass fishing circuit nobody is more detailed than Aaron Martens. Because of this affection for the finer details in tackle and his ability to customize and mod his personal gear Aaron Martens is known as the "Tackle Doctor" amongst his peers.


The Tackle Doctor Series: From time to time, Aaron will be releasing videos. These videos will be the Tackle Doctor series of videos. Topics will range from anything from learning to tie knots to modifying tackle for increasing effectiveness for tournament angling. Aaron will provide his insight and unique perspective on these topics.

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The advantages to weights made of Tungsten include the size and hardness of the weights. When comparing a lead weight and Tungsten weight of the same weight the Tungsten weight is significantly smaller. The smaller size makes the weight less visible to the fish and gives it the ability to get through rocks and other cover without hang-ups easier. Another advantage of a Tungsten weight is Tungsten is harder and allows for more feel by the angler. Since it's introduction to the fishing market angler's everywhere have found Tungsten weights to be a far superior product to their lead based predecessors.

Unfortunately, along with the advantages provided by Tungsten weights comes one disadvantage, the denser and harder Tungsten is also much harder on fishing line, especially fluorocarbon line. Aaron believes that more fish are lost on Tungsten because of the hardness of the material than were ever lost on lead based weights. Even the weights that claim to be insert free and fray free will cause break offs.


There is a simple solution no matter which Tungsten weights you choose to use. By adding a shrink tube sleeve insert to the weight you can provide a soft buffer between the Tungsten and the line. This is very important for all lines, but especially fluorocarbon. In the video below Aaron describes how to add a shrink tube insert into any Tungsten weight. This is fast, easy and will last for hundreds of fish. The bottom line, adding inserts to your Tungsten weights will help keep your line intact and get more fish in the boat.


Items needed: Tungsten weight, 1/8th inch or smaller shrink tubing, scissors, lighter or torch.


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