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Get the lead out

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Just a reminder to Spikes earlier posting about the swap of lead tackle for a non-toxic metal.
For the East Metro gang.

Maplewood: July 2 (Today) (2pm - 7pm)Gander Mountain (1747 Beam Avenue East)

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Now that many of you are trying out non-lead alternatives, I would like to jump start some discussions on their effectiveness and ease of use.

I've had mixed success with the tin split shot. You can crimp them on by hand, but you can't get them as tight as lead split shot, so I've lost a few. However, I've lost many lead split shot also over the years and I'd much rather lose tin that way than polluting the lake with lead. I've heard the best bet is to use your needle nose to fasten them better. Anyone else had success that way?

I've had great success with steel or brass bullet sinkers. Due to the additional noise attraction, one could argue they are even more effective than lead.

There are a couple of walking sinker non-lead alternatives out there now. Anyone try them yet?

How about jigs? Anyone try tin or bismuth yet?

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