split shot

noun
plural split shot

Definition of split shot

: a small ball-shaped sinker of malleable metal having a slit for the insertion of a fishing line

Examples of split shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tie a small hook or tiny jig on the end of the line, add a lead split shot or two, and suspend the offering under a stick float. cleveland, "Catfish, walleye limits to be liberalized: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, July 9," 9 July 2020 Thread the last ⅛ inch of the grub head on a size 4 to 8 octopus or bait-style hook tied 18 to 24 inches below a large split shot or ⅛ to ¼ ounce egg sinker and swivel. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Lures for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers," 18 June 2020 In deeper water or swifter current, a ⅛- to ¼-ounce egg sinker 18 to 36 inches ahead of a swivel or split shot is the rig of choice. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Lures for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers," 18 June 2020 It’s considered an emerger, to be fished in the surface film or just below, yet some anglers fish it deeply with a split shot, like a nymph. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "9 Simple Flies for Catching Early-Season Trout," 30 Mar. 2020 Use a small hook and a lively minnow, and distribute enough split shot weight within a couple of feet of the bait to prevent it from swimming out of the strike zone. Outdoor Life, "3 Killer Ice Fishing Tactics For Mid-Winter Pike, Walleyes, and Panfish," 17 Jan. 2020 Several split shot were attached to the leader, spaced about 18 inches apart, and a float was added to the main line. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Centerpin gear is gaining fans for tributary fishing," 24 Mar. 2018 The baits are nose hooked on 2/0 short-shank hooks and drifted with the flow, with enough split shot above them to keep them near bottom. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Bridgework for winter angling action," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of split shot

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Split shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split%20shot. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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