How to Rig a Fishing Pole

How to Rig a Fishing Pole
The beginner fisherman, before he/she can head out into the outdoors and catch fish, first must learn how to rig a fishing pole. This involves taking a rod and reel setup, spooling line onto it, then rigging it so it can be used to catch a variety of fish. The pole can be rigged to fish with a bobber or to fish the bait on the bottom.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Rig a Fishing Pole

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of fishing line Nail clippers Swivel Snelled hook 2 split shots Fishing float
  • Spool of fishing line
  • Nail clippers
  • Swivel
  • Snelled hook
  • 2 split shots
  • Fishing float
Step 1
Take a spool of new line and thread the line down the rod guides on your fishing pole until you reach the reel. Open the bail, tie the line around the bobber on the reel, snip away any excess line from the knot, and close the bail.
Step 2
Keep one hand about a foot above the reel and keep some tension on the line as you turn the handle and gather in new line onto the reel's bobber. Fill your reel to within an eighth of an inch of the lip of its bobber, then cut the new line about 3 feet down from where it runs out of the top guide eye on the fishing pole.
Step 3
Use a cinch knot to tie a swivel to your line. Thread the line through the eye of the swivel, make five loops around the line with the end that you pulled through, then pass the end of the line through the original loop formed when you put the line through the eye. Pull it tight and snip away any extra line.
Step 4
Open the end of the swivel and attach a No. 4 snelled hook onto it. Snap the swivel closed. This size hook will enable you to catch a wide array of fish.
Step 5
Attach a fishing float about 2 feet up from the hook if you are going to suspend your bait in the water. Take a bobber and push down on the spring-loaded button on the top to make the catch on the bottom stick out. Wrap the line around this catch twice to keep the float from slipping, then push the sides of the top button down while holding the bottom in place with your thumb to make the top catch stick out. Wrap your line around this catch.
Step 6
Attach two split shots about 18 inches up from the hook if you are going to fish your bait on the bottom. Eschew using the bobber and simply open up the split shot by pressing the bottom together to make the gap at the top widen. Slip them on the line and use a pair of pliers to close them onto the line.

Tips & Warnings

By using a swivel you can quickly change from a hook to an artificial lure by just opening the snap and changing from one to another.

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