Here you will find a selection of our frequently asked questions for some of our customers who have purchased our Stonze natural fishing weights.
Stonze are the only known natural fishing weights. They allow you to cast, hold the bottom and get your bait to the desired position. But the one thing that a Stonze will do more than any other weight is catch you more fish!
Simply put – “Yes”! Anglers have been used to using leads for a long time and it is now more of a habit than anything. A fishing weight needs to have a physical weight to it and you only have to cast a Stonze to see how well they cast. Of those detractors who say they can’t be, either they have not used them before, must struggle in their casting or have another agenda. One of the beauties of the Stonze is that there is so many varieties and there really is a Stonze for most angling situations.
The European tackle industry have been warned, by many including the World Health Organisation, of the negatives that using lead can have to both the environment and also to people’s general health – especially in children. Though certain circles refuse to acknowledge this, even though the facts exist, it does seem strange in this day and age that such a toxic product is being used and actively promoted. A Stonze takes away any such concerns as it is simply made from a natural stone. We feel it is reckless to be promoting toxic lead when there are a growing number of non-toxic (ironically they’re actually sold as non- toxic meaning that lead is toxic?) weights on the market. Health and the environment is something we should be protecting and a ban on lead within fishing will come into force going forward for all the right reasons.
Absolute rubbish. Of course they come in all shapes which all have their place and I wouldn’t suggest you use a flat Stonze when seeking distance. Simply find ones that are more uniform and spherical and you’ll be astounded how far they accurately fly.
A two ounce Stonze weighs the same as a two ounce lead! Because 2oz weighs 2oz whatever the material. The fact that they feel lighter is down to the different displacement of weight due to the
density of lead. Also, a 2oz Stonze looks larger than a 2oz lead – but only to the human eye, not to the fish in its natural surroundings.
‘LILO’ is an acronym of Line In Line Out and it’s the term we use for our inline Stonze. They give more flexibility to a set-up and allow the angler to totally hide everything about the rig, especially when coupled with fluorocarbon hook links and main line. Literally all that can be seen in the water is the stone and bait. It really is the ultimate in camouflage and it’s incredibly successful.
The Green Apple is an internationally recognised award given to selected companies having been judged by an independent panel to have produced a environmentally positive product that has the ability to lessen damage to the worlds environment. Our Stonze were selected due to their natural qualities especially when you consider that most fishing weights are manufactured from lead a product that is now subject to a directed phase out within fishing due to its toxicity. It will certainly be a proud day for us all when we attend the Houses of Parliament later this year to collect the award in person where there is also every chance that we will be selected for further world wide recognition – we’ll keep you updated.
There are two answers to this question, one that revolves around an extremely successful tactical angling approach (The Stonze System) and the second being down to our concerns about such products being an issue within the environment, let me explain further:
The tactic – The largest and, therefore, most obtrusive piece of your terminal tackle is most likely your lead and in today’s ‘modern’ tactics the leads are considerably bigger than ever before. Using such a man-made product you have to acknowledge that a fish, with incredible sensory perception, has the ability to easily recognise that such is unnatural and, therefore, can put them on edge i.e. spook them. We only have to look at the successful match angler who knows that by scaling down can result in more bites as the fish, though pressured, find scaled down tackle harder to detect.
This fact alone made it imperative for us to design a weight that does the same job in most situations as the traditional lead but somehow better – enter a weight made from natural stone, that isn’t a flawed attempt at camouflage but just part of a fish’s environment. Not only do they do the same job, but they also have unique benefits that a lead can never have. Making leads was never in our plans, far from them, and what we have ended up with is a big part of why our tactics catch time and time again.
The environment – This has always been a sticking point as for years we have pointed out that leads are made from a toxic product that the World Health Organisation is trying to eradicate from our daily lives, especially our children’s, due to it’s toxicity. The issue has been highlighted across the world for genuine reasons but for some reason the fishing industry has been slow to acknowledge, even with the facts pouring in. Even worse, certain circles within angling has promoted tactics that have caused tons upon tons of lead to be jettisoned to now lie within the substrate of many waters – not good for the future we suspect? Though frequently attacked for taking such a position, the tables are turning with a proposed directive within the EU to remove lead from angling as soon as possible. There is an issue, it’s always been an issue and unfortunately will continue to be an issue with so much lead recklessly dumped irretrievably within water courses around the world – shameful, but true. It’s not about winners or losers, it’s about acting responsibly to the facts and protecting the very environment in which we fish and for only the right reasons. With this latest news we would find it incredibly irresponsible if angling does not accept and promote the phase out of lead – there are many non toxic (the clue was always in the name!) alternatives out there all of which will do the same job – some actually far better!