Named for its shape, the pyramid sinker. Usually is four sided Once cast, the pyramid shape of this weight allows it to dig into the sand and hold. The flat sides keep it from rolling along the bottom and make it easier to retrieve. Pyramid sinkers are the standard and most popular surf fishing weight. A must for every surf anglers’ tackle box.
Pyramid sinkers are used when conditions are mild to rough. Casting is a dream due the shape as it cuts through the air with less resistance.
If a pyramid sinker can’t hold bottom, then you move to a frog tongue, storm sinker, surf claw, and or ultimately a sputnik sinker. After that if it is too rough I switch to lures only or go home.