Fishing tackles are constantly improving, but the importance of fishing weights is always the same.
Fishing weights ( also called fishing sinker) is a weight used in conjunction with a fishing lure or hook to increase its rate of sink, anchoring ability, and/or casting distance. Fishing sinkers may be as small as 1 gram for applications in shallow water, and even smaller for fly fishing applications, or as large as several pounds or considerably more for deep-sea fishing. They are formed into nearly innumerable shapes for diverse fishing applications.

The popular fishing weight of different kinds, and how to rig them.
Many methods exist for using fishing weights. The following are some of the most popular methods.

* Barrel or egg sinkers are often used on a fish finder rig and “walking” or live bait rig, also a knocker rig. The knocker rig is where the fishing line is tied to a barrel swivel followed by a leader. An egg sinker is added to the leader, followed by a protective bead then the hook.

*Split Shot you place the fishing line in the groove of the split shot, which is then crimped closed with a pair of pliers (or even finger-pinched)

*Pyramid Sinker gets tied or slid on to the line above the swivel which holds the leader and hook. It is designed to holds the bait on sandy and muddy bottoms. It can also be used in a three-way rig, at the very end.

*Bullet sinkers are used commonly in Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, Florida Rigs, and drop-shot rigs.

*Bell sinkers (also called bass casting and Dipsey) feature a brass loop or a lead eye at the top. The line can be fed through or tied directly to the eye. They cast well in the wind, The rounded profile of the sinkers also reduces its chance of snagging. They are often used on a three-way rig and sabiki rigs.

*The shape of a keel bar sinker or drail works to steady and suspend the bait while trolling. It keeps the bait from twisting, revolving and tangling for a natural bait presentation. They attach directly to a lure or bait to hold it at a suspended depth. They are sometimes used with a planer.

*A bank sinker can be used at the end of the line to hold the line vertically in the water column. A loop knot joins the mainline to the hook, which suspends the bait off the bottom.

*A rubber core sinker or clinch can be attached above a bait or trolling lure simply by inserting it over the fishing line at the desired spot and twisting the tab twice to secure it.

*Snagless sinkers are used for drifting or casting over a rocky and rough terrain bottoms

*Nail sinkers are inserted into plastic baits to suspend or get the bait to sink

*Pinch weights are used to pinch onto a hook or Texas rigged bait.

*Coin or flat sinkers are used with sabiki rods and rigs. Also can be used on rocky bottoms and rough terrain.