A running sinker rig is used to present a bait realistically on the bottom.
The rig allows the fish to pull at the bait with minimal resistance, as the line slides through the sinker.
A long trace between the sinker and the hook allows realistic presentation of baits, particularly livebaits.
Some fishermen let the sinker run to the hook when fishing hard-bottom areas, but in soft silt this may bury the bait.
A swivel is generally used as a sinker stop, but a metal ring or even half a matchstick inside a half-hitch can work.
This rig is used in many fishing situations, especially when fishing light for picky fish such as bream and trout.
Use the smallest sinker possible, and if conditions allow use no sinker at all.
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