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

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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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