Fishing Long Ago Between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, people first arrived in present-day Minnesota. Archeologists have found that early American Indian fishing technology included bone and copper harpoons, bone fishing hooks, and stone net weights. Dakota Indian tribes fished the many lakes, streams, and rivers around Lake Superior. What they hunted or gathered depended on the season, but they could angle, net, or spearfish year-round. Later, Ojibwe people fished the region around Lake Superior, or Gitchi Gami as they called it. Ojibwe used birch-bark canoes and nets made from twisted and knotted strands of plants to catch lake trout, whitefish, and sturgeon. In winter they used hand-carved wooden decoys as bait and speared fish through holes chopped in the ice. Sometimes they made structures called weirs to catch fish. They piled rocks or pounded in wood stakes to form a V-shaped dam in a stream. The fish would congregate at the V, confused and unable to escape. The fishermen then used their hands, spears, or nets to capture the fish trapped in the weir. Modern rods and reels are the product of experiments that began back in the 1600s. In 1653, British fisherman Izaak Walton described early fishing tackle in his classic fishing book, The Compleat Angler. Ever since then, people have been using new materials and technologies to improve rods, reels, and other fishing gear. Anglers love to invent new stuff that will make them more successful. Weirs were used long ago as a way to confine fish to a small part of a river. Then they could be speared, netted, or grabbed by hand. Today, weirs are sometimes used by fisheries biologists to capture fish for study or for collecting eggs for fish hatcheries. Dad s Fishing Days had When my 72-year-old dad and his brothers were young, they used old spark plugs as sinkers to fish for bullheads. Dad said kids would turn bottle corks into bobbers by cutting a groove down the side and sliding fishing line inside. They d make a fishing pole by cutting a young branch (called a sapling) from a willow or dogwood shrub. The thin, fresh branches some bounce, so they were less likely to break if you hooked into a monster from the deep. During rest breaks in our swimming lessons back in the 1970s, my buddies and I tried catching some of the bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish that nibbled our legs. To make a rig, I wound some fishing line around my comb. Then I attached a hook, sinker, and bobber. We baited our hooks with bits of bacon brought in a lunch bag. That rig sure did the trick. We caught and released hundreds of sunfish. Roland Sigurdson DNR aquatic education specialist 54 Minnesota Conservation Volunteer May June
Great sinker for fishing swift rivers and heavy surf that have a soft bottom (mud and sand) the corners dig in keeping the weight stationary. Weight Sizes 1 oz. to 8 oz.
The link to the product you posted is good evidence of this. Sinkers for fishing lines are just a soft lead too, and a darn sight cheaper (generally) than specialist aquarium products. I think I'll get out the sinkers and give them a good boiling/bleaching too and take a risk. Or if I get a bout of cold feet I might put them in an empty tank and monitor parameters for a week or two. I dont imagine the lead ties on plants or the balls on my floaty plant are especially different to stuff for fishing. Thanks Ken!
Much of the time it's necessary to use a sinker when fishing the surf. As an Alvey user, however, I prefer to use no lead if conditions are suitable, or the minimum size sinker, when it's necessary to sink the bait.