The Advantages & Disadvantages Tungsten Weights & Jigs
Fishing weights made of ultra-tough and super-strong materials like tungsten are great for all bass fishing scenarios. Tungsten fishing weights are high-density weights most commonly fished with flipping jigs and made for drop shotting. Whether you're an avid angler or weekend warrior, tungsten terminal tackle will last through every fishing trip.
Tungsten Jig Advantages
Tungsten jigs have a variety of advantages over lead. When fishing with tungsten jigs, it is easier to feel changes on the bottom, especially from a rock bottom to mud. Tungsten, while denser, deflect off rocks much easier than lead leading to fewer snags and less lure loss. Lead, being lead, is soft, therefore when bouncing off hard bottoms and rocks, tends to scrape and scratch, thus taking lead (weight) away from the jig, also changing how the jig performs. Another upside to the density of tungsten jigs, is the sensitivity you feel, while also being smaller in size compared to a lead jig of the same weight.
The fact that tungsten is one a smaller profile and two, tougher than the lead is a huge plus. This leads to fewer snags, which obviously causes less line fray, which may help you justify the cost of spending a little extra on tungsten jigs.
Why Tungsten Weights?
Unlike traditional lead fishing weights, tungsten weights are denser which makes them more sensitive and compact. This allows you to feel small changes in bottom composition easier and helps penetrate heavy cover with less of a hassle.
Pros Of Tungsten Fishing Weights
1. Tungsten is smaller in size and denser in weight.
2. Tungsten produces more sound underwater.
3. Tungsten doesn't have toxic characteristics like lead.
4. Tungsten weights produce a smaller bait profile in the water.
5. It has a better feel on underwater objects.
Disadvantages of Tungsten
The number one disadvantage of using tungsten jigs and from my perspective the only disadvantage is the obvious cost of tungsten. Yes, lead is substantially cheaper than tungsten, and if you’re on a budget, or have a knack for losing lures, like yours truly, it isn’t the most cost-effective way to fish. But if you’re looking to up your fishing game with the multitude of advantages of using tungsten, I would suggest at least giving it a shot.
With that being said, as avid anglers, even hunters and years of experience afield or on the water, we can all agree that the saying “you get what you pay for” is absolutely true. Tungsten jigs obviously offer a lot of advantages with the only drawback being the cost. If you’re looking for quality, and affordable tungsten for your custom bass jigs, you’re in luck.
Cons of Tungsten Fishing Weights1. The most obvious and also the only defect tungsten fishing weights have is that they are more expensive than lead.
Remember, you get what you pay for. . .
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