How to Prepare Your Fishing Line

By Aaron Kopf
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Fishing, like hunting, originated as a means of food collection. In the modern day of supermarkets and fast food, fishing is more of a hobby than a necessity. However it is important to properly set up your fishing line to have a relaxing day at the fishing pond. Weak knots, poorly attached bobbers and loose bait can sabotage your efforts to land that big lunker.

Tie on your hook. It is important to tie on your hook before adding weights or bobbers so that you know exactly how much line you have to work with. Begin by threading 4 inches of line (called the tag end) through the eye of the hook.

Wrap the tag end around the fishing line six times.

Insert the end of fishing line through the hoop you created just above the hook eye and then through the eye itself. Pull the line tight to cinch your knot. Snip away any leftover line.

Attach your bobber to the line approximately 12 to 18 inches above the hook. Most bobbers are attached by pressing the small button, thereby exposing small hooks on either end of the device. Run the fishing line under each hook and release the button to secure it in place. To adjust the bobber, push in the button slightly and slide it up and down the fishing line.

Attach a weight to the line 3 or 4 inches above the hook if using live fish for bait. The weight will prevent the bait from swimming too close to the surface. Most weights are attached by looping the line through grooves in the metal. Other weights are attached by running a loop of fishing line through the eyelet and then running the weight through the loop.

Attach your bait to the hook. Worms can be attached by inserting the hook into the end and pushing it through the length of the bait, or by spearing it through the side of the worm in three or four different places. Live fish should be hooked under the spine just before the dorsal fin.

Reel in your line until the bobber dangles a few inches below the end of your rod.

About the Author

Aaron Kopf graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with honors in 2009, holding a Bachelor of Arts in communication. While enjoying his time at college, Kopf was published in The Echo and Vortex magazine.