Weight pegs aren’t sexy. You’re probably not going to giggle like a school girl when a package of them arrives at your door. They are, however, a hugely important component of your terminal tackle collection. If you’re anything like me, you totally forget to restock each year and by the time you realize you need ‘em, it’s too late; you’re digging through your boat in a panic trying to find a few stragglers.
So let this be a friendly reminder: Grab a few packs of weight pegs before the fishing gets good.
I’ve been testing the VMC Sinker Stops for a few months and they’re a must-have in my boat. They’re an inexpensive investment that can result in a lot more bites throughout the year.
What you’ll like about them
Believe it or not, not all weight pegs are the same; I’ve actually gone through quite a few different types until I settled on a preferred style.
The wires of the VMC Sinker Stops are suprisingly sturdy, which may not sound like much, but it really cuts down on the common headaches associated with many weight peg systems. A lot of the wires I’ve tested in the past will break while you’re attaching the rubber pegs to your line, but that hasn’t been a problem with these. Even with heavier lines, they hold up excellently and make the process quick and easy.
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You’ll also like the different sizes that are available. The smallest pegs are designed for 4 to 8-pound test, the medium-sized pegs fit 8 to 12-pound test and the large pegs are ideal for 12 to 20-pound test. This makes the selection process easy and ensures that the pegs stay firmly in place without any sliding. Because I use them primarily for pitching and flipping heavy cover, I most often use the 12 to 20-pound size.
The $1.49 per 10-pack price point of the VMC Sinker Stops are also impressive. In my boat, weight pegs are like a tube of chapstick—I can’t keep up with ‘em to save my life. They’re small, so I’ll leave them in my pockets, stuff them under my windshield and who knows what else. Because I lose them so easily, I buy about 20 packs each winter. So for roughly $30, I’ll have 200 pegs and don’t have to worry about restocking all year.
My experiences with them
This is usually where I go into great detail about my experiences with a product, but let’s face it—they’re weight pegs. So I’ll keep it short and sweet.
Most importantly, they keep my pitching and flipping weights in place whether I’m flipping, pitching or skipping. I’ve used them in conjunction with both small, 1/8-ounce sinkers and 1-ounce sinkers and they work well in all situations. They allow me to keep a small, compact profile while avoiding frustrating snags and hang-ups.
As mentioned earlier, the wires are durable and they’re wound tightly together. They don’t become unraveled after use, so I’m able to use each of the 10 pegs I paid for.
Simple enough, right?
Every angler needs weight pegs. I’ve used these with great success and will continue to keep them in my boat. They’re extremely affordable and really help improve your pitching and flipping game.