A fishing weight or sinker is the device used to help sink and cast a fishing lure, rig or hook into the water. There are many types and sized fishing weights, with each one having a specific scenario where it will shine brightest. The most common fishing weights are split-shot weights, which can easily pinch on your line. Sliding weights feature a small internal hole making it easy to slide on your line. Casting or bank sinkers are typically shaped like teardrops and feature a line tie to the top of each weight. Using the right size and shaped weight will help you better present, cast, and more bites regardless of what your intended species might be.