Long-Line Fishing Method

Long-Line Fishing Method
Long-line fishing is a popular method of commercial harvesting. A long-line supports numerous baited hooks that are left in the water until collected by the fisherman. The number of hooks used can be in the thousands.


A long-line uses heavy mono-filament fishing line supported by a series of floating lines. Spaced out along the line are leaders that drop baited hooks at the depth chosen by the angler.


The hooks should have enough space between them to prevent tangling. The distance will depend on the length of the leader. To avoid contact, hooks should be spaced at a greater distance than the leader length. In large bodies of water, fisherman will often space hooks 100 yards or more.

Catching Fish

Several long-lines can be set in different areas that are frequented by fish. They should be left in the water for several hours before checking the lines. Baits should be secure to the hooks before setting the line.

Marking Lines

Lines should be marked to avoid becoming lost. A bright-colored buoy at each end of the line is effective. If you are setting several lines in a large area, use a GPS to mark the locations.


Long-line fishing is an effective method of catching fish in lakes and the ocean, but requires a large time investment to be profitable. It is controversial as an environmentally safe method of fishing because protected species can come in contact with lines. Some fisherman claim that these fish are always released alive, while others say that they are usually found dead on the lines.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Colorado-mountain-adventure.com. Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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