If you’re an angler who enjoys float fishing then chances are you have come across the term Stotz weights but what are they and how do they work in float fishing? That is what we are here to find out.
Join me as we take a dive into the world of Stotz weights and discuss what they are, what they are useful, how to use them, and the conversion charts that go with them.
What Are Stotz Weights?
Stotz weights are a form of hybrid split shot weights that you would use to add weight under your float in order to sink your bait and have your float sit properly on the surface.
Stotz weights all have the same properties as a normal round split shot with a wide groove cut down the middle but their shape is an elongated rectangular cylinder and it’s those differences that make using Stotz weights more advantageous.
When Should I Use Stotz?
Stotz was primarily designed for the match fisherman to use when pole fishing. However, they are also used by coarse anglers for traditional float fishing or by carp anglers.
They are perfect for using when shotting heavier pole floats or for fishing with running line floats, such as wagglers and stick floats. They can also be used as an alternative to putty when you are fishing a boilie bait for carp and you want to keep the bait balanced on the bottom.
Who Makes Stotz?
Preston Innovations are the manufacturer of Stotz. Preston is one of the foremost companies in the coarse, match, and carp fishing world and is based in the UK. They manufacture and supply all types of fishing tackle including poles, accessories, and bait.
Preston was acquired by Zebco Brands in 2014 along with its brands Korum, Avid Carp, and Sonubaits.
Are Stotz Weights The Same As Split Shot?
No, Stotz are different from the traditional split shot weights. Stotz is one of three main types of fishing shot weights:
Split shot – Traditional round or oval shape with a central groove or split.
Styl – Long and thin like a rod with a central split so they can be squeezed onto the line in the same way as a split shot.
Stotz weights – A square or rectangular shape to them, slightly shorter and fatter than the styl weights.
They all have slits in them which allow you to clamp them down onto your line.
Are There Any Advantages To Using Stotz Weights?
Yes, there are quite a few advantages to using Stotz weights instead of shot or styles but it depends on the angling situation. Here are the advantages that are worth being aware of.
Stotz Are More Secure
Stotz weights are said to be a lot more secure once attached to the line when compared to style weights and split shots. Many anglers say that thanks to the increased surface area of Stotz weights they don’t fly off the line during the cast or when they hit a fishing pole.
They also have the benefit of sinking your bait slower than shot so make it less intrusive to the surrounding fish.
Stotz Are Easier To Handle
Stotz weights are square or rectangular in shape and therefore much easier to handle and attach them onto your line using your hands or pliers.
If you have messed around with round split-shots in your time, you know how hard they are to handle and you inevitably drop a few in the process of adding some to your line.
By having straight edges, Stotz weights are much easier to hold onto and squeeze onto your line, this is especially useful if you have older eyes like a lot of us!
Stotz Weights Are Easier To Put On Your Line
Stotz weights come with a much larger cut down the middle than other forms of shots which gives it two advantages.
The first being it’s much easier to get the line into the cut when adding the weights to your line.
The second is that you can use it for both large diameter and small diameter lines.
Stotz Weights Line Up Better
Stotz weights come with flat ends, unlike round or style shots, meaning they stack up much more neatly on the end of your line and thus are easier to cast. You’ll get more accurate and longer casts with Stotz weights in my experience.
Stotz Weights Don’t Get Mistaken For Bait
If you are float fishing with hemp or tares as your bait in combination with round split shot, you will often get false bites as the fish will mistake the round shot for the bait. This is rather infuriating as they should be trying to eat your bait, not your weights!
If you use Stotz weights, this does not happen, as the shape of Stotz weights doesn’t look anything like hemp or tares, and therefore a bite will be a real bite.
How Do You Use Stotz Weights?
Stotz weights are designed to be added on the line below your float, in order to sink your bait and have your float sitting at the correct level on the water surface.
But where you add them and how many you add of them in particular sizes is the technical side of things and it all depends on the size float you are using and how you want your bait to sink. The general rule for positioning traditional split shot will also work for Stotz in most cases.
In addition to the dispensers, you can also buy individual sizes. Some anglers refer to these refill boxes as Stotz top-ups.
These are single refill packs are available in sizes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 and are normal leaded weights.
The Non-toxic refill packs are available in sizes 1, 4, and 6 only. These safe Stotz are known as super Stotz.
Take note that the rules on non-toxic size weights are different from the USA or Europe. You can read my article here on learning the differences.
Shot Weight (Grams)
Equivalent Split Shot
6 x AAA
4 x AAA
2 x AA
2 x BB
2 x No1
2 x No4
3 x No6
2 x No6
3 x No9
2 x No8
2 x No10
2 x No11
2 x No12
3 x No13
2 x No13
Float Sizes & Stotz Weight Sizes
Just like with any pole float, you have to add the correct amount of weight under the float for it to sit properly on the water. This allows you to detect very subtle bites when set up correctly and getting it right is a must.
Floats come in a range of sizes from 3 x 10 (small) to 6 x 20 (large) and the larger the float the more weight it will need to sit properly on the water.
Stotz weights come in a range of sizes from No1 to No13, No1 being the heaviest and No13 being the lightest. You will need to use a combination of different Stotz weights, or a few of the same ones on the line under your float to make it sit right.
You can either put all the weights close to your hook which will have your bait sink down to your desired depth at a rapid pace and get to the bottom quickly. Or, you can spread the weights out between the hook and the float for the bait to fall slowly. (AKA fishing on the drop).
How To Add Stotz Weights To Your Line
Adding Stotz weights to your line is easy as they come with a cut down the middle where the line is meant to go.
Simply take a Stotz weight with your hand or with pliers, place the line in the cut, and squeeze the Stotz weight closed.
Make sure you squeeze it enough so that it stays put on the line and doesn’t slip or fall off, but don’t squeeze it too tight and damage the weight as you will change its shape and make it hard to remove from the line later.
How To Remove Stotz From Your Line?
Preston Stotz can be a little difficult for some anglers to remove from your line. Preston has developed a tool that can help easily remove Stotz for those with large fingers or those whose eyesight is not so perfect.
All weights like Stotz weights were once made of lead in the UK as it is cheap, heavy, moldable, and sinks well. But, a lead shot weighing over 0.06 grams was banned in the UK in 1987 as birds were ingesting it along with gravel and getting lead poisoning.
Today, Stotz weights and other shots larger than 0.06 grams are therefore made from non-toxic substances like tungsten or tin.
Stotz weights Size No 1, 4, and 6 are made from non-toxic material, and these dispensers and refill packs are grey in colour. The sizes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 are in a red coloured dispenser.
In my eyes, switching to Stotz weights is a no-brainer as it is a superior form of shot in every way. They are easier to handle, easier to put on the line, stay on the line better, stack up more neatly, don’t get mistaken for bait, and work well for large diameter lines as well as small ones.
With all these benefits when compared to round shot and styl shot, it’s an easy choice to switch to Stotz weights.
Personally, I still use both as many situations require using both Stotz and split shot. The only downside of using Stotz is that they are slightly more expensive to buy than traditional round split shot.
Thanks very much for reading my article, I hope you enjoyed it and now you have learned all you need to know about Stotz weights and how to use them. They really are the best form of shot out there in my opinion and an easy switch to make.