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If tungesten didn't cost so much...

January 4th 2009 01:50
worm weights
The hardness of tungsten can be sensed when you know the sinker on the right is lead.
When it comes to saving the environment, there's no denying the advantages of tungsten weights. This is a metal that has gained a lot of popularity among anglers because tungsten is denser than lead which means that a tungsten weight can actually be smaller than a comparable lead weight depending upon its design and metal purity. Another advantage of tungsten's density is the fact that it is far more sensitive when fishing on the bottom. Vibrations will travel up your line and through your rod differently depending on if the bottom is mud, rock or wood.


Despite the advantages, anglers are often put off by the hefty price tag of tungsten weights. Although it’s difficult, if not impossible, to put an exact figure on the price of a ton of tungsten, it's safe to say it will always be more expensive than lead.

Since nearly half of the world’s supply of tungsten is in China, after you add in tariff fees, import duties, and transportation costs, it’s easy to see why tungsten weights are so expensive!


Aside from all of these costs, you also have production costs. Lead melts at only 860F degrees. Tungsten, on the other hand, melts at over 6,000F degrees. Someone has to pay to heat those furnaces!


Although we've been discussing weights, the hardness and density of tungsten make it ideal for other applications. Manufacturers are offering swimbaits that use tungsten and some even utilize small tungsten pellets to control their depth and action. Other companies are offering hand-poured worms with tungsten powder poured into them while tungsten jigs and spinnerbaits are finding their way onto shelves.

It looks like tungsten is here to stay for the angler. The bad news is that it looks like tungsten tackle will remain more expensive than lead.



Until next time--watch your line and watch yourself!

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Bullet Weights came though!

September 23rd 2008 23:52
We've all been there. A big company has a website with a "Contact Us" link you click on, ask a question, and then you never hear from them.

Bullet Weights

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Recycled Fish comes through!

August 13th 2008 21:50
Recycled Fish Logo
It's been less than TWO weeks and my membership kit from Recycled Fish arrived today.

I think that's pretty good--especially when you consider it's getting something for nothing!

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I'm not overly political but, here's my latest cause--you can't keep writing about the environment and not be part of the action.

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If an American writes about an Australian company, does that mean he’s a shameless whore?
I’ll let you know!


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A sinker from nature

July 2nd 2008 00:49
It's a well documented fact that lead is not the best thing for the environment.

Despite this, many sinkers and jigs are still made from lead and thrown by anglers all over the world.

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The aquaeous outdoors funnel bait

April 27th 2008 02:04
Aqueous Outdoors Funnel Baits

Sometimes you look at things and ask, "Why didn't I think of that?"

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Food Source Lures-the natural bait

February 24th 2008 20:02
Today is one of those lazy Sundays when you wake up and say "I'm not gonna do a lot today." After walking down the street to get the paper and then reading the funnies, I figured, "What the heck?" and tuned in some of those fishing guys on TV. I'm glad I did!

One of the shows grabbed my attention. I thought they were going to be talking about kids and fishing but it turned out that they were talking about a product I've seen on the shelf but looked over because it got lost in the multitude of lures and baits on the market.

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Mercury in our fish

November 26th 2007 02:04
fish market
In today’s health conscious society, it’s a well know fact that fish is one of the better foods to eat. Unlike other meat products, it’s low in saturated fat while, at the same time, providing protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to benefit the heart. In fact, nutritionists have recommended eating fish twice a week.

Despite my own affinity for the many kinds of fish that can grace one’s palette, I fall short of advocating fish with every meal. Aside from leaving out other nutrients, two dangerous elements can be found in fish—lead, which we already discussed, and mercury.

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"Lead" astray pt.2

November 16th 2007 02:41
lead sinkers
Although lead occurs naturally in the environment, to reduce health risks, humans should limit exposure. As the dominant life form on the planet, it is also up to us to protect the environment and its creatures from lead exposure through our misuse of lead products.

Yesterday’s post pointed out the problems associated with lead and how they affect living creatures. Today, I’d like to be a little more specific and examine what is being done in the tackle industry to thwart this problem.

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"Lead" astray pt.1

November 15th 2007 02:26
loon

The detrimental effects of lead exposure are nothing new. Before jumping to conclusions, the convenience and importance of lead must be realized.

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