Diy sea fishing weights are a great way of saving money on the most easily lost item in your kit.
Whether the tide drags you in to a snag or you are fishing rough ground using rotten bottoms. Its inevitable that tackle losses will occur at some point.
If you want to start making your own sea fishing weights the process is pretty simple.
The main component is lead and the key is getting access to a free or cheap and plentiful supply. If you are struggling, ask friends or even better local roofers if you know any, or just ask. Many will have little scraps that are of no use and may give them away for free or very little money.
Next on the list is a proper mould, they come in all the sizes you need. It all depends on what you think you will use most or you can buy several sizes. Five ounce is a good all rounder for tidal or standard beach fishing, it also works well for boat fishing. Choose a mould with the ability to work in wires to make grip leads for all round use.
Now you need a way of melting lead to pour in your new moulds, also something to melt the lead in. A basic pan is all you need, these can be picked up very cheaply from most places. To melt the lead there are a few options but I would definitely avoid the kitchen cooker!
Camping stoves are probably the best option available, they can be found in most places for under £20. A double whammy is you can use them for other uses too… like camping or warming foods while fishing. They can also help add a bit of warmth to a fishing shelter or shed in Winter.
To add the gripper element it is simply buying or accumating the wire. Most mould kits you buy come with wire and can be bought separately if needed.
Once you have all the above it is simply a case of heading to the shed or sheltered area. Heat up your lead in the pan and pour. There is no better way than trial and error, though it is quite simple really. If you have trouble when filling the leads try to maintain a constant heat. You will quickly learn when it is hot enough to pour into the mould.
Lead melts at 621°F. Fumes are released at 900°F. Lead can be breathed in and also settle on surfaces. Make sure the area is well ventilated and you should be fine. As a precaution if you are not sure wear a mask.
By now you should be all set up and ready to go with making your own sea fishing weights. Part of the fun is being self sufficient and having pride in making your own gear.
You can get camping stoves quite cheap in big supermarkets at the end of camping season, September/October. The cheapest place I have come across gas cannisters is home bargains. They are half the price of other retailers at £3.99 for a four pack.