Rigging a hand line with a hook is easy if you follow some necessary steps. While rod fishing is quite common for the weekend fishermen, fishing with a hand line is quite cheaper. It also poses some old school challenges, which some fishing enthusiasts find rewarding, as they can feel a greater connection with the fish. There are infinite ways for rigging your hand line with a hook. However, by following some basic tips, you'll be able to master it in no time.
Step 1 - Determine Which Fish You'll Be Going For
When it comes to rigging a hand line with a hook, the most important thing is to consider is what type of fish you're going after. Whether you'll be fishing in a river, lake, or seashore, you'll have to decide the size and habits of your desired species. This will help you determine if you'll be fishing during the early morning, mid-noon, or late afternoon. It's a good idea to inform yourself thoroughly by asking your local bait and tackle store about what the favored catch in the area you'll be visiting is. That way you'll know what type of hand line you'll be needing and which hooks will suit you best.
Step 2 - First and Easy Method
Begin with the easiest method in order to learn the ins and outs of how to rig your hand line with a hook. First, insert the end of the fishing line through the eye of the hook twice, leaving a loop. Continue wrapping the end of the line around the line, going back to the reel, five to seven times. Then, pass the end of the line through the loop you created in step one. After this, start pulling it tight. Finish removing the left part of the line with a pair of scissors or a knife.
Step 3 - Variation of the First Method
As explained above, when rigging your hand line with a hook, insert the line through the eye of the hook. Then, put it back through the other way. Make sure you’re leaving a loop on the side of the hook. To continue, apply an overhand knot with the loop of the line and make it big enough to put the hook through. Then, proceed putting the hook through the overhand knot. To finish up, pull it tight and cut off the unnecessary lines that may be left.
Step 4 - Applying New Useful Methods
Aside from these, there are many more methods for rigging your hand line. For example, there is the palomar knot, which is considered by the International Game Fish Association as the strongest knot known to man. There's also the blood knot and the turtle knot, both well known to fishermen all around the world.
For all these methods, you can do rigs the way you want, attaching another item to the hook or leaving some more fishing line to add a line connector if you want. You will have no problems doing this if you follow the correct procedures.