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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 08:10 am
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NCSHARKER
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Hey guys!!! I'm sure this has been asked befor but. What's the pros and cons of weighted or unweighted slides???

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 11:34 am
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I always use weighted, been burnt off too many times while learning to slide that I take any advantage I can get in getting the slide down as quick as possible

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 11:37 am
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My rule of thumb.
Dead bait weighted live bait unweighted.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 02:40 pm
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can you expand on that DieterW?

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 03:31 pm
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ok my view................

back in the good old days, we used non weighted slides.
was a mission to slide a mullet in with a pushing tide as mullets are smaller and lighter in weight.

a non weighted slide will not drag the bait down the water column!
thus allowing a bait fish to swim much freely where it wants to swim. it still has some hooks in it, so its fighting it all the way!

so on a out going tide, weightless slides works much better as the tide keeps pulling the bit in!

down side to non weighted is that most of the times the bait fish takes really long to get to the sinker, I like it this way but many guys prefer the slide to be at the sinker when getting that pull.

remember I only fish for game fish, no sharks.

weighted slides helps the bait getting in much quicker!!

I don't like my slide stuck at the sinker as they are non return!

but we cant have it both ways, you can try using a cuda clip.

another aspect all together

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 Posted: Thu Nov 12th, 2015 11:48 pm
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NCSHARKER wrote:
Hey guys!!! I'm sure this has been asked befor but. What's the pros and cons of weighted or unweighted slides???

Very interesting question you asking there.......All I can tell you from my surrounds, angling friends & experiences on the Zululand coast wrt slides is that various factors dictate which slide you will use on the day & venue......ie.....What is your Intended type of bait you want to use (live or dead bait),weight of your bait, incoming , outgoing or during "dead tide" , are you fishing at a level or steep incline beach area ,rocky areas , your water situation....ie deep sudden drop, gradual drop or very slow drop, sandy beach with banks.......calm/rough/ waters with or w/out wind............then not to talk about yr target species........!!

Personally I tend to be dictated by the various factors upon arriving at the shore before using a specific slide , thus having at least a few weighted & non weighted ready for live & or dead bait.......& some bit shorter & or longer traces.
I normally make up a few in the event of finding factors to be different in order to do a quick change.
All the factors can help you decide in a weighted or non weighted slide & especially reading the water behaviour carefully.

In the older days we used condoms & party balloons.....to act as indicators & assist in currents/rips (then came the "couta-clip" & after that the non return slides....it was a frustrating process with the old "couta-clip".....but worth it. Still works under correct conditions & depending how deep/shallow game-fish feed.

There will obviously be a lot of variances between your specie anglers....as to what they find "good" or "not so good........" though I am of the opinion that a basic rule of thumb will work if applied in most circumstances.

It will be interesting to hear how the big shark guys out there find it.....

Tight lines.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 13th, 2015 02:03 pm
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aquadementia wrote:
can you expand on that DieterW?

My Dead bait must reach the the bottom or at least the leader line as soon as possible to help prevent burn offs.

With a live bait I prefer my bait being able to work the water column and not be dragged to the bottom where they tend to die.

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