Pegging weights

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When rigging a Texas rig or punching rig, it’s a good idea to peg your weight to ensure it doesn’t slide up and down the line. This keeps the overall setup compact and ensures a cleaner presentation, particularly when fishing around thick cover. Though there are all sorts of rubber pegs and bobber stoppers now, the old timers found early on that a toothpick made a great utensil for pegging weights.

Though it’s an old trick, it still works well today and is an extremely affordable and readily available method even if you typically go with rubber pegs or bobber stoppers and happen to run out. You could walk in nearly any restaurant, convenience store or big-box chain and be back on the water in no time with weight pegging devices even if you’re a hundred miles from the nearest tackle shop.

Pegging a weight with a toothpick is super easy, too. Just poke one of the pointed ends into the top of the weight until it gets tight and snip off the excess. As the toothpick gets wet, it will swell a little and tighten up even more to firmly hold the weight in place.