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Diy How To Make Your Own Fishing Sinkers

Discussion in 'How to Section… DIY (Do It Yourself)' started by Nautical Gator, Sep 2, 2018.


  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
    Thread Started By

    DIY How to make your own fishing sinkers


    Started by getting out my Burner, gas tanks, lead melting pot, lead ladle, lead, and lead sinker molds.

    Started up the burner, put lead into the lead melting pot, put some cardboard around the burner to keep the wind from blowing on the flame.

    tried to take pics along the way so that I could post them...


    Started up the burner to melt the lead

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    protecting the burner flame

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    definitely need tome welding gloved, eye protection and tools
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    some lead the Tony gave me

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    lead molds
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    Welding Gloves

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    Lean Molds

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    Deep Drop stick lead mold that I made out of 4x4s

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    Molds with lead weights still in them.
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    Molds with lead weights still in them.
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    Molds with lead weights still in them.
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    Molds with lead weights still in them.
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    Done after a few hrs or lead pouring
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    Still need to trim them up some.
     
  2. mak

    mak Rigger

    Wow. That’s a serious stockpile you’ve got there. Do you wear a respirator while working?

    I bought some of the “Sputnik” style surf weights from a local guy last month. I was not familiar with those, or had seen them until this year. Hadn’t been surf fishing for 30 years... Pretty neat design. Would not have thought a couple wires would really help hold in the sand.
     
  3. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
    Thread Started By

    These are some of what I carry on my boat at all times. Eggs are in the bags

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  4. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
    Thread Started By

    No just stay up wind.
     
  5. mak

    mak Rigger

    You could go broke if you weren’t pouring your own.
     
  6. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    I went ahead and cleaned some up
    mostly #8 #10 #12 #14 and #16

    The eggs sinkers were #14 and #16
    the banks were all sizes

    Still have to clean up the smaller ones.

    That's a lot of pounds of lead in them there sinkers.

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  7. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Wow! That turned out a lot more than I thought it would, a huge savings...:)
     
  8. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
    Thread Started By

    I also used a bucket full of my lead ingots

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  9. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Sam I noticed in some of the pictures you had a tube of grease. What is that used for?
     
  10. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    You need to grease your rod LOL

    You want to grease the rod that goes throw the Egg Sinkers, so it comes out easier.


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  11. seadawg

    seadawg Treasure Hunter

    Hey Sam, I used to pour sinkers and jigs for tackle shops, and I found that using synthetic motor oil (any brand) worked very well to lube the mold hinges and pins. It would not "smoke off" like the grease does. And, it stays on a very long time. You just need a very small amount too.
     
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  12. shrimpmansteve

    shrimpmansteve Carpenter

    Great looking job, as usual.

    I was wondering how you got the hole in the egg sinkers. Thanks for sharing
     
  13. Insurance Guy

    Insurance Guy Pirate

    it helps also if you soot up the empty mold with a torch before pouring....The weight releases from the mole better when done....
     
  14. David Orlando

    David Orlando Master Gunner

    Very cool.

    Question: Could I use the new wheel weights that are not lead anymore? I forget what they are mostly now.
     
  15. mak

    mak Rigger

    Zinc melts at a much higher temp but I’ve heard that it can mess up your casting pot if you do accidentally melt some thinking it was lead. Steel would be a problem melting in the setups most people have.
     
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  16. Hal

    Hal Pirate

    I wondered how you got the rod out . thanks for the tip.
     
  17. Rich M

    Rich M Rigger

    The egg sinker mold I have has a copper-color rod that goes thru the middle. It has a wooden dowel handle on end - I find a simple twist of the rod totally releases it from the lead. Never used grease or anything like that on the rod.
     

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