How to Use Fishing Beads

How to Use Fishing Beads
Fishing beads are available in a wide range of sizes and materials including plastic, glass and brass. The addition of beads to a lure or as part of the terminal setup is a great way of adding some attention-getting noise. Many fish, including large mouth bass, are naturally curious and may be attracted to the clacking sound of beads. In addition to the noise factor, the flash of a bead in the water can be a strong attractor to cruising fish.


Difficulty: Easy

Beads as Part of an Inline Spinner

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stainless steel wire
  • Spinner blade and clevis
  • Beads (glass, plastic or metal)
  • Treble hook
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Fishing line
  • Bullet weight
  • Swivel
  • 3/0 or 4/0 EWG hook
Step 1
Form a small loop in one end of a short length of stainless steel wire. Wrap the end of the wire around the main wire for two turns and cut excess wire with cutters.
Step 2
Assemble a clevis through the hole in a spinner blade and slide the assembly onto the wire through the holes in the clevis. This will secure the spinner blade in place and allow it to rotate.
Step 3
Place two or more beads onto the lure wire. Mix or match the color, material or size of the beads to create different sounds and visual effects.
Step 4
Bend the wire about 1/2 inch below the bottom bead. Attach a treble hook by sliding the eye of the hook onto the wire. Bend the end of the wire around the main wire for two turns and cut the excess wire with the cutters.
Step 5
Make sure the beads have room in between each other to clack and move. The sound of beads against each other and the flash they may produce from turning while in the water may produce a strike from a hungry game fish.

Beads as Part of a Carolina Rig

Step 1
Cut 15 to 20 inches of line from the end of your main fishing line. This length will be used as a leader for the Carolina rig.
Step 2
Tie a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG (Extra Wide Gap) hook to one end of the length of leader. Use an improved clinch knot to secure the hook to the line.
Step 3
Attach a swivel to the opposite end of the leader length with an improved clinch knot. Tie the line to the swivel through one of the line eyes. Make sure to pull the knot down tightly and trim excess line from the knot.
Step 4
Slide a bullet weight onto the end of your main line so that the point is facing up the line. Place a metal, glass or plastic bead onto the line below the bullet weight.
Step 5
Attach the main line to the swivel using another improved clinch knot. The main line will attach to the eye on the opposite side of the swivel to the one used for the length of leader.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with different bead sizes and materials to obtain different effects.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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