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    Default Halibut weights

    How many people make there own halibut weights? I make them. I use old tire weights. I make the 3 cod weights and the the 2 pound ball weights.

    How many weights do you all make for one season?
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    I have a bunch of lead & only a little time, interested in making me some?
    Just cod style.

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    I've been casting jigs for halibut, but haven't got a sinker mold yet. I got a 16 oz teardrop mold that I modified to take a 12/0 hook for jigs. It's an ok sinker for slack tide and 50# super braid. I need to make or pick up a 3# cod or canon ball mold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    I've been casting jigs for halibut, but haven't got a sinker mold yet. I got a 16 oz teardrop mold that I modified to take a 12/0 hook for jigs. It's an ok sinker for slack tide and 50# super braid. I need to make or pick up a 3# cod or canon ball mold.

    I'm looking a 24oz and a 30 is oz mold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POLE BENDER View Post
    I have a bunch of lead & only a little time, interested in making me some?
    Just cod style.

    Get with me in a month right now I'm so busy with as you can see
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    Default No mold required

    For square halibut sinkers you do not need a mold to make them. The process takes a little expermentation but not much.

    1. Take a 1 1/2" square piece of oak, hickery or other real hard, hardwood about 8" long.

    2. Sand the one end so all the corners are rounded just like any square halibut sinker. A 1/4" radius should be enough.

    3. Get a #10 can full of damp sand.

    4. Mark the wooden piece 2" up from the rounded end.

    5. Force the wood straight down into the sand, tamper the sand around the wood to firm up and then carefully withdraw, leaving an impression.

    6. Suspend a swivel or hook down into the impression on a piece of wire across the top of the can.

    7. Pour molten lead into the depression to the side of the swivel. (A little soldiering flux on the swivel might help.)

    8. It is pretty easy to see when the lead hardens.

    9. Lift the swivel up using pliers to remove from your mold.

    10. Set aside to cool and clean up.

    11. Weigh the sinker, if you need more weight, place a marker on the wood higher up or down for less weight.

    All you are doing is called sand casting. It may take a little experimentation to get the process correct. But for a limited number of sinkers, you can easily make quite a few in only a couple of hours. The quality of the sand is important too. Casting sand is best but I don't know where to buy it up here.

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    way to go magiver!!!!!! Never thought of making a mold myself
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