The Salamander Sinker was designed to be fished in rocky areas where no other dropshot weight has gone before, or should I say, survived?
I am a huge dropshot angler. You have seen my YouTube channel filled with dropshot videos, and the photos from my website of some big fish taken on the technique. Smallmouth and largemouth can hardly resist an Owner Shaky Worm dangling in front of their face, but when fishing my local lava lakes, I realized that the majority of my tackle orders were revolving around terminal tackle, also known as weights, hooks and jig heads.
After contacting Salamander Sinkers and discussing my concerns about losing so many weights, the company offered a couple of suggestions. After picking out the 1/8 and 3/16 versions, I was eager to get them tied onto the end of my line. I could save so much time if I just had a dropshot weight specifically designed to be fished in some of the most unforgiving and rocky conditions.
I started with broken rock; shorelines such as rip-rap. I moved to underwater islands, submerged trees and bushes, and eventually dropped it straight down into a black hole on a rocky point. To my honest surprise, I only needed to retie the weight because my fluorocarbon line had frayed from friction with the rocks. How’s that for snagless?
While there is no doubt in my mind that I would have lost at least one or two traditional dropshot weights during this test period, this is the first time I have ever felt comfortable in sending a dropshot weight into the front lines of what I call the “mine field”.
So how exactly does this work? What makes this product so different in terms of comparison? First, the steel weight is internal. Did you hear that? Steel. Second, the weight is encased within a plastic housing that helps the weight become buoyant enough to skip over rocks, yet keep your weight in contact with the bottom structure, all at the same time. Talk about genius at work here.
While you do have to tie a knot to the weight, the Salamander Sinker encompasses a swivel design that allows the weight to freely spin. Similar to a split ring on a hook, this allows the sinker to spin and avoid a fixed position, basically encouraging the weight to move over and through structure like never seen before. What’s more impressive is the increased sensitivity. You have to feel the difference between this and lead. It is that noticeable.
I have much more field testing to complete and capturing video is a priority this season, but my first glimpse of the Salamander Sinker has me wondering about how the product will change the fishing industry. Many states are going “lead free”, and with tungsten being so expensive, Salamander Sinkers may have hit the nail on the head with their unbelievable product and their Eco-friendly mindset. Not only will this help reduce pollution, you will gain confidence in knowing that you can throw that dropshot rig in places you never could before.
Don’t get hung up, try the Salamander Sinkers for yourself and witness the difference.