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to Rig Up a Fishing Pole or
Fishing Rod and Reel
Once you get the hang of it, setting up a fishing pole will become second nature.
Which type of fishing pole will you be using?
How To Setup a Cane pole
There is no "real way" to set up a cane pole however this is the method I was taught by my dad and uncles. This is knowledge that has been passed down from many vacations and weekends spent on The Lake in Evergreens, MO.
set up a cane pole start by wrapping several turns of line around
the base of the pole (the "handle" if you will) and
securing it with a good heavy knot, then run the line to the tip of
the pole and wrap the line around the pole a few times and tie
another good secure knot a few inches from the end. The wrapping
around the pole prevents the line from slipping. The reason for tying
the line to the base of the pole is in case a fish is hooked and the
pole breaks you will still have a chance to land your fish.
How To Setup a Rod and Reel
start with the hook.
off with a 3/0 hook and attach it to the end of your line opposite
of the pole or reel. Now you can simply tie and knot the hook to the
line but you would be risking loosing your hook and bait.
It's very simple and explained below:
Our Page on Knots for different
types of fishing knots.
How To Attach The Sinkers or Weights
If you are using an artificial lure a split shot is generally not required since they are already weighted down and designed to either float or sink as they are reeled in.
As I mentioned above, a Split Shot Sinker is your best bet as you can simply clamp them onto your line, otherwise you will have to remove your hook and tie on any other type of sinker.
Select the right weight of split shot for the situation.
The placement of the sinker can vary. Common arrangements include a single sinker between the hook and bobber for bait fishing, as well as a series of sinkers with different weights to control drift below a float.
Use the lightest sinker possible for a given situation. Excess weight may discourage fish from taking the bait, and it can alter how the line feels as you cast and fish with it. Fishing in strong current may require multiple larger split shots to keep your presentation from going downstream too rapidly, while fishing where the water has no movement permits you to go with a much smaller and lighter split shot.
the spot on your fishing line where you wish to attach your split
shot. When fishing in rocky, gravel-bottomed streams, a split shot
positioned about 18 inches below your hook keeps the hook off the
bottom, reducing the number of snags. Fishing on a muddy, soft bottom
allows you to put the split shot above the hook on the line, with the
distance from the hook usually set at least 12 inches.
Here is how you attach a split shot sinker to your line:
Pinch the two fins on the split shot together using a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Refrain from using your teeth to avoid chipping a tooth. Pinching the ends with the pliers forces open the opposite side of the split shot. Do not pinch the ends so tightly that they meet.
Hold the split shot with your thumb and forefinger so that you have access to both sides of it. Run your fishing line through the opening created by your pinching action on the split shot's opposite side. Hold the line in the crevice created so that it is as close to the center of the split shot as possible.
Wrap the line around the split shot so that it runs between the two fins on the other side and back through the crevice once again. You should have two wraps of line in the crevice now. Pinch the split shot closed with your pliers, keeping the line in the now-shut crevice. By wrapping the line twice around the split shot, you prevent it from being able to slide up and down your line when you cast and retrieve.
Hopefully this gives you an idea on how to utilize sinkers for positioning the hook in water and as weight to cast your line.
you would like to learn more about the use of the different
sizes and styles of sinkers and their purpose,
visit Our Sinkers
How to Attach a Bobber
If you are using an artificial lure a bobber is generally not required since the whole principle of a lure is to cast the line out and then lure the line back in to imitate a bait swimming in the water.
hey are already weighted down and designed to either float or sink as they are reeled in.
Set a bobber above the hook (how far depends on the water depth).
Because the Bobber is lightweight it will float on top of the water while the rest of the line with your hook will stay at a certain depth in the water.
Determine how far into the water you want the bait to go. If you want to hang the bait 3 feet into the water, then the bobber should be set 3 feet above the hook and bait.
To attach a spring bobber, press the piece of plastic on top of the bobber, which will release a small clip on the bottom of the bobber. Thread the line through the clip and release. The bottom of the bobber now is affixed to the line.
Place a finger where the line is attached to the bottom of the bobber, then press down on the outside edge of the plastic piece on top of the bobber. This will reveal a small clip, like the one on the bottom of the bobber. Thread the line through the clip and release. The bobber now is attached to the line.
To change the bobber's placement on the line, detach one end of the bobber from the line. One end still will be attached, but you can slip the bobber up and down. When you're satisfied with the bobber's placement, secure the other end.
Now you are ready to go fishing!
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