Guide to Sinker Sizes and common uses for different styles of sinkers. 

Ball Sinkers

Ball sinkers are a versatile sinker that come in many sizes and have many applications. We primarily use them when wanting a running sinker that will allow the bait to move around within the target fishing zone.

We rig them to run either directly onto the hook or stopped short of the hook by use of a swivel and length of leader separating the sinker from the hook.

We use ball sinkers are often in many styles of fishing with both live and dead baits, including estuary, surf, and fishing from a boat both.

Ball Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSizePrice per SinkerDiameterGramsOuncesApprox.QTY/kg
SELECTNo 0$0.1210mm6g.21oz125
SELECTNo 1$0.1411mm8g.28oz83
SELECTNo 2$0.2212.5mm12g.42oz62
SELECTNo 3$0.3014mm16g.53oz50
SELECTNo 4$0.3716mm20g.71oz26
SELECTNo 4.5$0.4518mm38g1.3oz26
SELECTNo 5$0.5319.5mm44g1.55oz22
SELECTNo 6$0.6421.5mm59g2.08oz17
SELECTNo 7$0.7325mm89g3.14oz11
SELECTNo 8$0.8325.7mm100g3.53oz10
SELECTNo 9$0.9827.5mm118g4.16oz8.5
SELECTNo 10$1.2029mm145g5.11oz6.9
SELECTNo 12$1.6032mm190g6.70oz5.3
SELECTNo 14$2.1035mm250g8.82oz4
SELECTNo 15$2.5037mm300g10.58oz3.3
SELECTNo 16$3.6041mm430g15.17oz2.3
SELECTNo 28$6.6552mm800g28.22oz1.25

SNAPPER & QUICK DROP SNAPPER (BANK) SINKERS

Here is a quick explanation of the difference between Snapper and Bank Sinkers (Quick Drop Snapper sinkers).
Why they are not the same and in what situations each are best used.

Snapper Sinkers have four sides and are longer and thinner than Bank sinkers.

Snapper sinkers are best used when anchored and fishing on the bottom where we require a fast drop and you want to minimize the risk of snagging.

The downside to Snapper sinkers is that if we fish them up from the bottom Snapper sinkers will spin in the current more than Bank sinkers causing more problems with line wind up and potential tangles.

Quick Drop Snapper Sinkers (Bank sinkers) have six sides and are shorter and fatter than Snapper sinkers.

They are best used when drifting with the sinker and bait held up of the bottom to avoid snags as you drift across your target ground.

Because of their six sides and more cylindrical shape Bank sinkers will spin in the current less than the four sided Snapper Sinkers meaning less wind up on your line and less chance of twisting and tangles.

Their downside is that if fished on the bottom Bank sinkers are more likely to snag than Snapper Sinkers due to their fatter shape.

Snapper Sinker Size guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPrice per SinkerGramsApprox.QTY/kg
SELECT3oz$0.7085g11.7
SELECT4oz$0.95113g8.8
SELECT5oz$1.20141g7
SELECT6oz$1.40170g5.9
SELECT8oz$1.88226g4.4
SELECT10oz$2.35283g3.5
SELECT12oz$2.85340g2.9
SELECT16oz$3.80453g2.2
SELECT20oz$4.70567g1.7
SELECT24oz$5.65680g1.4
SELECT32oz$7.53907g1.1
SELECT48oz$11.251.36kg0.7

Quick drop Snapper Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPrice per SinkerGramsApprox.QTY/ kg
SELECT3/8oz$0.1810g100
SELECT1/2oz$0.2314g71
SELECT3/4oz$0.3221g47
SELECT1oz$0.3828g35
SELECT1 1/2oz$0.4842g23.8
SELECT2oz$0.5656g17.8
SELECT2 1/2oz$0.6471g14
SELECT3oz$0.7085g11.7
SELECT4oz$0.95113g8.8
SELECT5oz$1.20141g7
SELECT6oz$1.40170g5.9
SELECT7oz$1.65198g5
SELECT8oz$1.88226g4.4
SELECT9oz$2.10255g3.9
SELECT10oz$2.35283g3.5
SELECT12oz$2.85340g2.9
SELECT14oz$3.40396g2.5
SELECT16oz$3.80453g2.2
SELECT20oz$4.70567g1.7
SELECT24oz$5.65 680g1.5
SELECT28oz$6.60793g1.2
SELECT32oz$7.53907g1.1
SELECT

40oz$9.501.13kg0.8

Bomb Sinkers

Bomb sinkers with a swivel cast into them are an ideal sinker to use on Paternoster rigs in shallower water.

Bomb sinkers are easy to change out when used with a clip attached to the end of the rig with a dropper-loop.

The swivel removes any line twist in the rig which means fewer problems with tangles.

Bomb sinkers are ideal for fishing for species such as Whiting and Flathead when drifting over the shallows, with the larger sizes very useful as an alternative to snapper sinkers on the shallower reefs.

Bomb Sinker Size guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPrice per SinkerGrams
SELECT1/8oz$0.304g
SELECT1/4oz$0.358g
SELECT3/8oz$0.3712g
SELECT1/2oz$0.4014g
SELECT5/8oz$0.5018g
SELECT3/4oz$0.6021g
SELECT1oz$0.8028g
SELECT1 1/2oz$0.9043g
SELECT2oz$1.0056g
SELECT3oz$1.4084g
SELECT4oz$1.80112g
SELECT5oz$2.20140g

Surf Sinkers

Oval shaped sinkers ideal for surf fishing as they roll less than a conventional ball sinker because of their flat profile.

Used when wanting a running sinker in the surf.

Surf Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSizePrice per SinkerOuncesGramsW x H
SELECTNo1$0.280.5oz16g17mm x 11mm
SELECTNo2$0.421.1oz31g23.5mm x 11.5mm
SELECTNo3$0.541.9oz54g27mm x 15mm
SELECTNo4 $0.682.9oz82g31mm x 17.5mm
SELECTNo4 Flat$0.682.7oz78g32.5mm x 13.5mm
SELECTNo5$0.833.8oz107g33mm x 20mm
SELECTNo6$1.004.4oz126g34mm x 22mm

Star Sinkers

Star sinkers are ideal for beach fishing where you are trying to hold on a sandy bottom while dealing with both swell and current.

Total Tackle’s Star Sinkers come in eight sizes from 20 gram up to 160 gram  in 20 gram increments.

Having such a large range within the weight range means you can choose exactly the right weight sinker for the conditions you fish.

Our unique shape star sinkers feature four thinner edges than the conventional three-sided star sinkers to help the sinker bury into the sand faster. 

The four larger sizes from 100 gram up to 160 gram all feature a swivel that also has a brass eye moulded into the sinker below it to help anchor the swivel into the sinker and eliminate the chance of the swivel being pulled out of the sinker.

The four smaller sizes have the brass eye moulded into the end of the sinker. We do not require the swivel on the lighter sinkers as line twist is less of an issue in lighter conditions.

Star Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPrice per SinkerGramsApprox.QTY /Kg
SELECT1oz$0.7028g35
SELECT1.5oz$0.8042g23
SELECT2oz$1.0057g17
SELECT3oz$1.2585g11
SELECT4oz$1.55112g9
SELECT5oz$1.85140g7
SELECT6oz$2.10170g6
SELECT7oz$2.35196g5

Bean Sinkers

Bean sinkers have very similar applications to ball sinkers with the added advantage of having slightly better bottom holding abilities because of their shape.

They are ideal in estuary situations where the current can be stronger. They are also favoured by some reef fisherman over ball sinkers as they feel they are less likely to snag.

Bean Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.

Grapnel (Breakaway) Sinkers

We have two styles of Grapnel sinkers, our standard and heavy duty.

See more about Grapnel sinker uses here.

Grapnel or Breakout sinkers as we often call them are used for surf fishing when we require a bait to hold in one place and the angler does not want it to move around. 

The sinker acts as a small sand anchor with the ability for the wires to turn or breakout when the angler attempts to retrieve the rig. We click the wires back into position for reuse.

The smaller sizes are ideal for fishing gutters for species such as Tailor and Dart, with the larger sizes better for casting deeper into or behind the gutter for larger species such as Jew or Mackerel. 

Our 7HD size is perfect for Live Bait slide fishing with its more aggressive grapnel wire shape and 2mm grapnel wires. We only use 316 grade stainless steel wire in all of our grapnel sinkers.

Grapnel Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPrice per SinkerGramsEye Wire DiameterGrapnel Wire DiameterApprox.QTY /kg
SELECT2oz$4.0066g2mm with Bait Keeper1.6mm15
SELECT3oz$4.5092g2mm with Bait Keeper1.6mm10
SELECT4oz$5.00120g2mm with Bait Keeper1.6mm8
SELECT5oz$5.50150g2mm with Bait Keeper1.6mm6.5
SELECT6oz$6.00184g2mm with Bait Keeper2mm5.4
SELECT7oz$7.00210g2mm with Bait Keeper2mm4.7

Heavy Duty Grapnel Sinker Size Guide

All weights are approximate and will vary depending on which mould is used and the purity of the lead used.
Shop/SelectSize/ozPriceEye Wire DiameterGrapnel Wire Diameter
SELECT4oz$6.252mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT5oz$6.752mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT6oz$7.502mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT7oz$8.002mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT8oz$8.502mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT9oz$9.002mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT10oz$9.502mm with Bait Keeper2mm
SELECT12oz$11.002mm with Bait Keeper2mm

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