Basic Fishing Line Setup Guide with Hooks and Bobbers
A fishing store or catalog is full of fishing stuff. More stuff than you could carry. Even, more than you could use. More than you could afford. And much more than you need. To catch a fish, you don’t need much equipment. A hook and a line will do it with basic fishing line setup and proper angling guides.
So, how to make a perfect hook and sinker setup for having smooth and proper fishing?
Setting up the line with hooks can be very easy. You do not need an advanced guide. You can even use a bent pin or a safety pin for the hook and a string for your fishing line. But to do it properly, and have perfect fishing, you need a few things advanced with your common sense.
Setting up Fishing Line with Hooks & Bobbers
- 1 Setting up Fishing Line with Hooks & Bobbers
- 1.1 Setting up the Hooks With Line
- 1.2 Basic Fishing Line Setup
- 1.3 How to Put a Sinkers on a Fishing Line?
- 1.4 How to Set up a Fishing Pole and Line with a Bobber
With my knowledge of practical angling, I can say you need knowledge and sense along with concentration to do well in fishing. And, to be precise, basic fishing line setup, proper rod setting, and bait guidance will have a great effect for better angling.
Let’s just say, knowledge with practical experience can help with fishing. Here in this article, we will talk about setting up the fishing line with hooks and bobbers.
Setting up the Hooks With Line
The most important piece of equipment is the hook. It’s the simplest, and it costs the least, too. A simple hook is really just a wire shaped like a letter “J.” At the top end is a loop, and you can tie your fishing line onto the loop.
At the short end of the hook is a point and something called a barb. The barb is the sharp little tab that you wouldn’t find on a letter “J.” It holds the hook in place once the fish has taken the point in its mouth. The barb latches onto the fish’s mouth easily, but won’t back out so easily.
Types of Hooks
That’s how a simple hook works. But there are many types of hooks. Some are double or triple, with more than one “J” hook welded together. Also, there are some, which are smaller than a pencil eraser. Some are as big as your hand.
Some are attached to artificial lures-things made of plastic, metal, or other material to look like food that a fish might want to eat. Moreover, some hooks are made specially to hold minnows and nightcrawlers.
Which are the Best Hooks
Which hook is best? That depends. To catch big fish, you can use a big, strong hook. But a small fish has a small mouth. You do better catching smaller fish if you use a small hook. Hooks must be sharp so they’ll hold onto fish.
If you keep getting bites but the fish are getting away, it might be time to sharpen your hook. Pulling the point of the hook across a small file will help. Hooks can get bent out of shape, too-sometimes they’re bent when a big fish bites.
You can bend them back into shape with a pair of pliers. Be careful with hooks. You can hook yourself instead of a fish, or you might hook someone near you.
Being hooked hurts, and you don’t want to end your different fishing trips by heading to a doctor’s office to have the hook removed. If you hook yourself, be sure to tell an adult and have the doc treating the wound. So, it won’t get infected.
Basic Fishing Line Setup
Most fishing is done with monofilament line. That’s a clear, plastic-like string. It’s measured by how easily it breaks. The higher the “pounds-test” number on the package, the stronger the line is. Fishing line that’s two-pound test is thin and breaks easily.
The six-pound test is medium-strong. The ten-pound test is strong enough for really big fish. You might think you’d want the strongest line you could find. But the stronger the line, the thicker it is.
It’s harder to tie knots in a thick line, and thick line is harder to cast. It’s also easier for fish to see thick line-and if they see your line, they probably won’t bite your hook. You can catch a 15-pound fish on 10-pound test line. You just have to be careful not to pull too hard, or your line will break. For most fishing, line rated at six or eight pounds is good.
Types of Fishing Line
If you’re not sure what kind of line you should use, ask someone who knows about the lake or river where you’ll be fishing, and knows which fish swim there. For a reel to work well, it must be filled with plenty of good fishing line. As it is important to have perfect spincast reels or other fishing reels, you also need proper fishing lines also.
If your casting is awful, maybe you need a new line on your reel. To keep your line in good shape longer, don’t store your rod and reel where it will get too hot, or where lots of sunlight will hit it.
Too much heat or sunlight weakens the line. Basements, closets, or garages are usually good. Cars are bad because sunlight comes through the windows.
How to Setup Lines with Different Knots?
You can use many different knots to tie your fishing line to the hook. A good one is the “clinch knot.” To tie a clinch knot, thread your line through the eye, or the hole, of the hook. We call the line that hasn’t been on the hook the “standing” line, and the piece that has already gone through the hook the “tag” end.
Wrap the tag end around the standing line about five or six times, and make each wrap a little farther from the eye of the hook. Now poke the tag end through the opening between the hook eye and the first wrap. Wet the line a little, hold the tag end, and slowly pull the mainline. The knot should look neat and tight. Otherwise, try again. Be patient.
How to Put a Sinkers on a Fishing Line?
It takes practice to become a good knot-tier, but it’s worth it. Sinkers do just what they say. They make the line and the bait sink all the way down to where the fish are. There are many types of sinkers.
Most of them can either be pinched onto the line or tied onto it. It’s fun to collect different sizes and shapes of sinkers. Of all the sinkers, the most common is the split-shot, which pinches onto the line. These types of sinker do well for reel in fishes properly.
Split-shots are round lead balls with a slice cut on one side. You thread your fishing line into the slot, then pinch the ball closed with pliers. You can add one shot at a time until there’s enough weight to hold the bait on the bottom or to hold the bobber down.
For fishing right on the bottom of the river or lake, you might use a tie-on sinker. These have shapes like eggs or teardrops, or even diamonds, with wire loops, onto which you can tie the fishing line. Usually, you’ll place a sinker on the line between you and the hook.
How to Set up a Fishing Pole and Line with a Bobber
When you use a bobber, the sinker is between the bobber and the hook, usually six to 12 inches above the hook. Sometimes, though, you may want the sinker right on the bottom and the hook up higher.
A sinker with a ring on it works well. The hook and bait float up from the bottom, but the sinker keeps them from floating too high. Bobbers do two things. They hold the bait off the bottom, and they tell you when you’re getting a bite. Bobbers come in all shapes and sizes.
Two major kinds are round bobbers and stick bobbers. Others are in-between. Whatever the type and whatever the size, they all bob on the water where you can see them. When you can’t see your bobber, it’s probably underwater-and that usually means a fish is chomping your bait.
Sometimes the bobber will go underwater and come back up, or maybe it’ll just wiggle a little. Later, when you crank in your line, you may find that a fish has shortened your worm or even eaten it Watch your bobber carefully.
Resource Used in this Article
- Fishing for Kids: A Family Fishing Guide