Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 45

Westernbass Magazine February 2012, Page 45





Weigh In on Their Weights


f you’ve been to a FLW weigh-in, you’ve defi-

nitely heard it before - “ounces is money in this

game” and while that may be a reference to the

size of the fish, the size of a weight can make the difference in the bite that gets that bass to the boat.

Choosing the right size weight can be a daunting

task with the massive selection currently being

offered to consumers. Tungsten fishing weights can

be purchased in seemingly every increment of weight

size from 1/32 all the way up to 2-ounces. The task

becomes more complex when fishing heavy cover

or utilizing flipping, pitching and punching techniques.

“How much weight should I use here?” is a question

many of us ask as we look at approaching cover on

our home waters.

To help solve some of the mystery behind weight

selection and to see what the pros do, I talked with

three Bassmaster Elite Series anglers. Jared Lintner,

Brandon Palaniuk and J. Todd Tucker all gave their input

on choosing weight sizes for fishing heavy cover and

for general soft plastic fishing.


California’s Jared Lintner is known for his prowess when fishing around heavy cover; most notably for flippin’, pitchin’ and punchin’ heavy vegetation. In talking with him, the first thing he mentioned was to “go with the lightest weight you can get away with”. He continued by stating that it is often the case where one size weight will be too heavy and one size will be too light, therefore it will not penetrate the cover properly.

For fishing heavy vegetation, Lintner will focus on weights ranging from ¾-ounce all the way up to the 2-ounce size. He said that typically, he will use a 1 or 1 ¼-oz for most applications and added that seasonal differences also play a role in his decision on what size weight to use. He added “In the colder months, I like the bait to have a slower fall. This is sometimes a trade off because certain cover requires more weight just to get through the mats. Again, go with the lightest weight you can use to get the job done. If the weight is too heavy and falls too fast, sometimes it

ISSUE 1  February 2012