Originally posted by: ouachitabassangler on 6/17/2006 1:33:05 AM
You might want to try my favorite method. I gave up using Peg-It strips and toothpicks, sometimes still using rubber bands for when I want a sinker to stay put until the bait gets bit and I want the sinker to slide away from the bait to reduce leverage a bass gains from a solidly pegged sinker. That's the case using magnum worms a bass can more easily sling out of its mouth. But when using 6" or shorter worms I want the sinker to stay put. I keep some 80# mono coiled up in a wide plastic medicine bottle with the line coming out a hole in the lid. I feed it through the sinker's base & out the pointed end, then back through, leaving a loop on the pointed end of the sinker, then draw the loop inside the sinker to pin the main line, then clip the doubled line off at the base, leaving 1/8" to grab with needle nose pliers when wanting the line out. If the main line is really thin it might take a third pass of the mono to get a tight fit with two loops being drawn inside the sinker, a loop at each end. In that case begin feeding from the pointed end of the sinker first so you end up with the tag end at the base. All you want at the pointed end is main line coming out. Leaving a tag end at the point will catch debris. Slide the sinker tight against the worm head where it will stay better than any other method I know of with no mainline damage, and it's super CHEAP. I'll submit this to the magazine tips section, but thought ya'll could benefit reading it first here.
Another use of the heavy mono is it's stiffness quality for keeping a worm on a hook. Stab a T-rigged worm with it, passing the line through the hook eye. That's the hard part. You can hold an identical hook against the worm to see where the eye ought to be in there. Clip the line so about 1/8" of mono sticks out each side. Using a lighter melt the tag ends into little buttons that will pin the mono so it can't slide out.