How to Stop Breaking Your Line!
This trick could save you from losing the big one. True, tungsten is one of the best improvements we've seen to the traditional Texas rig. True, It allows anglers to use a smaller, more compact weight while also gaining a ton of sensitivity due to the hardness of the material.
However, here's the problem; tungsten weights are abrasive on your line! Over time, you will notice that your weight wears on your line no matter what kind of line you use. Any kind of little nick or abrasion in your line will eventually result in breaking your line, and in some cases breaking your heart.
Here's the solution; insert a piece of heat shrink tubing into your weights. Heat shrink is a soft plastic material that prevents abrasion and will protect your line. It's an easy, inexpensive fix that will save you from breaking fish off. Follow these steps and you'll be set:
Heat the end of a piece of heat shrink. Stretch it out long enough to feed it through your weight. Don't worry that the stretched piece is collapsed, it gets cut off anyway.
Insert the heat shrink into the weight
Using pliers, gently pull the heat shrink through the weight until the portion that wasn't collapsed is through.
Trim each end of the heat shrink and use the pick to open the hole if needed.