Necessity — not to mention rule changes — is the mother of all invention, they say, and at least one North-central Washington fisherman has figured out a way to get around new restrictions on what types of weight can be used at his local lakes.
The angler was recently photographed at Ferry County’s Swan Lake, one of a dozen waters where the use of small lead weights was banned in late 2010 by the Fish & Wildlife Commission to protect loons, using what looks to be a 1/2-inch-or-so hexagon nut.
“The fisherman told Officer (Dan) Anderson that the alternative choices to lead weights were expensive, so he thought on it a bit, and decided to peruse his garage for some fishing tackle,” reports WDFW’s Law Enforcement Division on its Facebook page. “What he found was a nut made of zinc that worked perfectly to weigh his line down while remaining in compliance with the new regulation.”
“Where there’s a will there’s a weigh,” Keith Bell punned to the post.
Added Todd May, “I think I’m more of a tightass than a genius, but I’ve been using nuts, etc., forever for lake fishing.”
Might not work so well for trolling, but for plunking, giddyup.