Friday, May 27, 2011

Tungsten Anyone?

The market for Tungsten weights has grown rapidly over the past few years. A product that was made by one or two manufacturers (mainly Tru-Tungsten) is now being made by most major weight companies. Companies like Strike King and Gambler have entered a market that is being saturated with tungsten punching weights.

Every angler is by now aware of the perks that Tungsten offers, it is heavier and stronger then lead, and Tungsten weights can be found in sizes ranging from 3/16 to jumbos at a whopping 2oz. It allows you to use smaller sized profile weights and still load up on weight. These smaller profiles are also slimmer and will help the weight slide through cover easily. Tungsten is also known for being louder in the water when it bangs off structure

With new options available each season, the popularity of Tungsten can only grow. Options like the insert free version, that ensures the weight is always in contact with your line so you can feel every little structure or bottom change, or the ever popular screw version that keeps the weight tight to your bait for less adjustments.

The only down fall that tungsten brings to the market is price. At times it can be as high as $7 a weight. but with more and more companies jumping on board this should help lower the hefty price tag, soon they all will begin to compete for your business. I have already seen a new company that calls their product "Affordable Tungsten", to my pocket book..

If you have not already got on the Tungsten band wagon now is the time. It is worth a shot and you will quickly see what all the hype is about. Start small, by buying a size or two of your fav weight and fish away. I recommend giving the insert free a shot. There has also been a big boom in pegging choices and options that make this technique much easier then the old tooth pick option.

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