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
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.
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.
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."