Tungsten Weight Trick by Aaron Martens | Bass Fishing

Aaron: Yes, Tungsten on the drop shot. And
I insert my weights, there’s a video on YouTubeabout that, you have to insert your Tungsten
weights, if they don’t have them. But youhave to watch that video. Only 5,000 people
watched that video. I think it’s the mostimportant one out there for Tungsten users.
And what all the pros are doing now, I takemy shrink tubing, and stretch it, and put
it in the weight, then before you pull itthrough you cut the back end of it off, and
it makes a perfect insert, and it lasts longerthan any insert anybody else uses, shrink
tubing. With most of the weights, I can dotwo or three weights a minute, if you get
on a roll, but it lasts, I can catch 100 fishsometimes. . . shrink tube is really good stuff.
But it’s tricky, I did a video on it, andI did it real slow, and I showed people, because
it’s tricky. Interviewer: So what do you do with the shrink
tubing?Aaron: Like if you get somebody that’s never
done it, and a weight, it’d take ’em foreverto figure it out. Interviewer: Okay, so let’s draw it. We’ll
draw it out here. Aaron: There’s a video on it, YouTube. Interviewer: We’ll be the artist this time,
so what do you do?Aaron: You stretch it. . . Interviewer: So, the drop shot, okay, don’t
laugh, I’m not an artist here. Aaron: You’re going to draw it? Are you good?Interviewer: All right. Aaron: Well, the drop shot, you don’t need
an insert. Interviewer: Oh, you don’t?Aaron: No, a bullet weight. Here, I’ll show
you, I can probably draw a bullet weight. Here’s a bullet weight. So you have a bullet
weight, and say the hole up here, and you’vegot shrink tubing, which is like, which is
about the size you use for that, which isa smaller size. You take a lighter and heat
it up about, you know, you take a piece ofshrink tubing, heat up the end of it, I’ll
just use my bare fingers, my fingers are tough,you’ll burn your fingers pretty good, but
it doesn’t burn your fingers bad. I’ve hadblack stuff stuck to my thumb everywhere,
it doesn’t burn bad, but it blisters. I heat it up just right, and you kind of turn
it a little bit, so you heat both sides ofthe shrink tubing, so it melts, and you pull
it, so it elongates this piece, so it’s skinny. So now you’ve made it this long, and this
part’s still fat. So you take your skinnyend, and you take a pair of scissors and cut
the end of the shrink tubing off at an angle,where it’s flattened from your finger. Then
that part you slide into the weight, I meanI don’t have to draw it, you slide the skinny
part into the weight now, you had to cut thatflat part or you can’t get in the hole of
the weight, but the part you stretch is skinny,and goes through there pretty easy. And you get hold of it on the other end, with
usually your finger or sometimes you can usepliers, and don’t turn it or it’ll break,
keep the pliers real straight and pull it. And you can pull the shrink tubing into the
weight. And some weights are different, whereyou have to heat up maybe a tiny bit of it,
to get it through, but most of the time, ifyou get the right shrink tubing, you can slide
it all the way through, the new stuff, thestuff that hasn’t been shrunk yet, you can
slide it into the weight. And before you pullit all the way through, you cut the back end
off, part will be sticking out the back ofthe weight. The weights here, I’ll cut it off like, it’s
hard to show. To pull it through, the newpart’s going to be right there, you go back
here and cut the shrink tubing off the back,and then you pull it the rest of the way through
to the bottom. Actually when it goes to thebottom of the weight, where the hole is, it
actually flares out, mushrooms out, and itmakes a perfect spot for the knot to hit,
and there’s no impact. And that part’s done. You take the top part, usually it’s sticking
out and it’s skinny because you stretchedit, and I cut it off right there. And then
you heat that up, and it’ll bring it down,and make it fatter again, it’ll press into
the weight, and it never slips out. It’s thebest insert there is, but it’s hard to do,
so that’s why you don’t see them in weights,because it’s too hard to do. I showed it to
a lot of companies, it’s just too much forthem. They use just, like a straight piece
of plastic, I pull those out, because I don’tlike those. Mine’s so much better. Interviewer: So you just build a new liner
for all of them?Aaron: Yeah, I mean, lead weights you don’t
need to do it, it’s Tungsten, you have todo it. Like I had arguments with True Tungsten
while I was with them, they were giving meweights, but they had to insert them because. . . I
always get a glass or a tile table, you know,you drop a glass, it’s going to shatter, and
that’s kind of how fluorocarbon is, you knowyou’ve got glass and you’ve got Tungsten,
the hardest material in the world, one ofthem, one of the top three or so, hitting
each other, it’s going to shatter the line,because fluorocarbon’s brittle. Interviewer: So you’re protecting your line?Aaron: But mono will fray, and braid will
break, and they all break. It all does thesame thing on all lines. Especially fluorocarbon.
So, there’s been a lot of heartbreak out therebecause of that, tons. I mean, I know of a
bunch of tournaments that have been cost becauseof that. Guys have lost tournaments, big tournaments,
classics, because of that. Interviewer: Is it just for the heavier weights?Aaron: All of them. Because you see the hook
on a little weight, the fish has it pinchedin his mouth, you got to yank that weight
out, who knows how fast it’s going when youset the hook. So you’re going to bring that
little eighth ounce weight down on top ofthat knot real hard, with no insert, it’ll
cause break offs too. So it eliminates thatcompletely, that little layer of shrink tube
eliminates it 100 percent, no frays. Like,a braid will fray too, bad, and it eliminates
the braid fray too. Shrink tube. I did a videoon it, it’s on YouTube. Interviewer: It’s only the Tungsten weights
though, you said. Aaron: Yeah, lead seems to be fine. I never
had issues with lead. It’s one of the softermaterials. Interviewer: Is it under Aaron Martens, or
fishing. . . ?Aaron: Yeah, you can find it on my website,
it’s probably linked to my website still. I haven’t looked at it in a while, but you’ll
probably find it under Aaron Martens, maybe,insert weight Aaron Martens, it’ll probably
come up. Or Tungsten weights inserted, itshould have me on there, ‘cuz I don’t think
there’s another video on there. I checkedit like a month ago, I was curious, and there
only like 4,000 people have seen it, so there’sa lot of people that still don’t know about
it.

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