The depth of water was varying between 70 and 80 metres and most of us were fishing superbraid lines because in this depth of water the use of braid with its ultra thin diameter enables sinkers half the weight of those used with comparable breaking strain nylon monofilament lines to be employed. Which naturally means it's half the work and arm-strain to bring your sinker up from these depths.

The Cod were playing hard to get and the squid baits had to be just about holding the bottom, so that if you lifted the sinker off the bottom by a few yards, the tide would wash the end rig a few yards further downtide. So you could effectively "walk" your bait down tide, searching the bottom for the fish.

This method inevitably means some tackle losses, but most of the time it is the sinker which finds that rocky crevice or hole on a rusted deckplate. So if you can break the sinker away often the end rig is returned intact.

One of the guys was using a simple yet tremendously effective system which consisted of no more than a tough elastic band half hitched to the line slider. This enabled a quick and easy sinker change and a "rotten bottom" type break out if the sinker became hitched in the bottom. What was also evident after we all switched to the elastic band rig, was that the elastic properties often "sprung" the sinker loose after it had become hitched.

Another advantage being "tight assed Westo’s" was that walking the dog early mornings, the Postman will often drop the elastic bands holding batches of letters together and these strong elastic bands are perfect for the job, and free!