Have you recently begun your foray into the tranquil, yet rewarding world of fishing? If so, then you are probably not aware of the finer details, such as how to tie a weight to your line. Don’t worry. This article will tell you how to put weights on fishing lines.
Why do we need weights?
Fishing weights are small, metal objects that you can attach to your fishing lines. They are used for two main reasons. One is to add some inertia to your line. Otherwise, when you cast your line, it will not go that far. Adding the weight gives it the much-needed momentum. Check out our recommended budget spinning reels.
The second main reason is to ensure that your bait sinks to an appropriate depth in the water. If you do not add any weight, the bait will most likely just float on the water. If that is the case, then it will not attract many fishes. Different weights help you achieve different depths. If you wish to catch a bigger fish, then you would need your bait to sink a little lower. That is controlled by the fishing weights.
Weights are also added to make your bait look realistic. Some baits are usually very light in weight and might move around the water unconvincingly. Weight is added to control their movement and make them more believable to fishes.
Types of fishing weights:
There are several different types of sinkers on the market. For this article we have decided to focus on the following three:
- Split Shot: a round weight with a groove in the middle.
- Rubber Core: a bullet-shaped weight with rubber at its core.
- Ring loop and eye: loop-shaped weight.
Methods of attaching:
Place the groove of the weight over the fishing line. Determine the placement carefully as it will be difficult to adjust afterward. Tie the line in the groove by squeezing down on the sinker with a pair of pliers. Check to ensure that it is tight but not too tight (so that your line does not break.)
Insert the line into the hole containing the rubber core. Just like in the previous case, make sure you are certain about the position because you will not be able to adjust afterward. Twist the ends of the rubber poking out of the holes so that the line gets wrapped around the rubber and the position is secured. (You have to twist the two ends in the opposite direction.)
Ring loop and eye:
Put the line through the ‘eye’ of the weight and bring it to your desired position. Then simply tie a one-step or two-step knot, depending on your preference, to secure the line. Tug the line to ensure that the knot is not sliding. Also, make sure that you leave some line to attach your hook and bait.
Knowing how to tie a fishing weight is an essential skill for making the most out of your fishing trip. Without a properly tied weight, you will lose both time and money while fishing. Now, the next step for you should be to figure out how changing the weight affects the depth of the bait.