Jim Noah   

Ron Linder has long been known as one of the great innovators of the fishing world.  He recently retired from the magazine business and is now devoting most of his time designing new fishing products.  His latest brainstorm is a snagless sinker.  No, itís not your ordinary sinker!  Itís comprised of seven different materials including lead and balsa.

  When I first heard about the idea at ICAST, I was skeptical.  I've tried dozens of so-called "snag-proof" sinkers over the years, but I no longer own any of them--they're all stuck on the bottoms of several nearby lakes.  The folks at Lindy Little Joe knew that big talk wouldn't convince me, so Bob Brown gave me one to try and challenged me to try to get it snagged.

  The next week, I headed to the back of Longview Lake loaded with logs and brush.  For more than two hours, I worked the sinker through the nastiest tangle of woody cover imaginable.  Using a plain hook and a minnow, I boated a five nice walleyes, four bass and seven nice crappies.  Two of the walleyes proved they are very good eating!  I did bust off a few hooks, but I still have the sinker.

  I haven't had a chance to try the sinker on a rocky bottom but, according to Ron Linder, the NO-SNAGGģ works well there, too. "It's a 95% sinker," he says.  "It's not totally snagless, but it will allow you to work close to bottoms that previously would have been considered unfishable."

Iím planning on using this new sinker some more as a Carolina rig.  Let me know how you use the snagless sinker and what the results are.

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