Fishing Weights Can Be Do-It-Yourself Items

By Arkansas Game and Fish

First posted on 03-25-2010

Today’s society, including the fishing segment, has grown away from making things to work with.

Do-it-yourself may have had a flurry a few years back when applied to home handymen, or handy persons, to be gender correct. But for nearly all needs now, most people run down to a store and buy them or order them off the Internet nowadays.

In years gone by, a number of people routinely made their own weights for fishing, melting lead and pouring it into molds.

Working with lead has fallen out of favor too. Sources for lead in the old days were auto garages and tire shops (wheel weights), newspapers (type) and roofing or building supply outlets (roof flashing).

One newspaper printer had a family tradition of trotlining about four times a year. He, a couple of uncles and several cousins would spend a weekend on a river, camping out and fishing for catfish. They caught a bunch most of the time. The printer’s role was to supply the weights, one on each drop line of the trotlines.He had bought a mold for the type weights they liked, and he would spend an afternoon dipping molten metal from the machines in the newspaper’s production shop and molding several dozen trotline weights.

But printing processes changed for newspapers. Lead type went the way of the buggy whip and coloring for margarine. Today, if you want to pour your own fishing weights, tire shops are still a source for the raw material.

Bulk lead can still be bought at plumbing supply sources, and lead weights are still used on tires.

Molds for fishing weights in many styles and sizes are available at large fishing supply outlets. An Internet search can help here.