split shot


plural 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 For most, a long-shank Aberdeen-style panfish hook with a depth-appropriate split shot weight, and an adjustable bobber does the job. Manmade Bait For impromptu bluegill missions, bread balls made from any soft, moldable baked item are an easy sell. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 28 Feb. 2024 Non-fly fishermen can achieve a similar presentation using a small split shot. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Because split shots are easy to use, they can be used to fine tune the amount of weight for the area being fished. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 28 Sep. 2023 Make a Frog Go Swimming Big City Fishing host Jamie Pistilli drowns his soft-plastic frogs by Texas-rigging them on a 5/0 hook with a split shot a foot up the line. Steve Price, Field & Stream, 7 June 2023 Next, crimp a split shot about one foot up from the end of your line. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2023 Most fishermen are using a long spinning rod and 6- to 8-pound test line, and split shot to weigh down a variety of offerings. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 2 Dec. 2022 If bronzebacks are in a fussy mood, try this Carolina rig: 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, 20 Mar. 2023 Add a few split shot above the hook and a piece of garden worm and get after it. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of split shot was in 1889

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“Split shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split%20shot. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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