How to Attach Sinkers for Fishing

How to Attach Sinkers for Fishing
Whether you are bottom fishing or just want to cast your fishing line to a depth where you know fish are hiding and waiting to strike, you can attach a weight, or sinker as it is also called. By adding a sinker to your fishing line, you can reach bottom-feeders such as bass, catfish and goldfish. Sinkers are also ideal for fish that swim at a variety of depths including perch who dart from location to location hunting for food. Adding a sinker will help you to pull your bait through the water more easily and sink it low, if you desire.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Reel
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Bait
  • Swivel
  • Sinker
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round pliers
Step 1
Thread a worm hook to the leader on your line. Rig the hook with a worm. Holding the plastic or real worm with your index and thumb, thread one side of the worm through the pointed end of the hook and pull it all the way through.
Step 2
Tie a swivel to the end of your leader using the sheet bend technique, which can be done by threading the free end of your fishing line through the eye the swivel. Pull the line back around the eye of the swivel and pull the knot closed.
Step 3
Attach a sinker, which is available in an egg shape and made from steel, lead and brass. Point the tapered end in the direction of your fishing rod. Sinkers are available in a variety of sizes. Typically, most applications only require a 1/2-ounce sinker.
Step 4
Attach plastic glass beads--a set of three--approximately 1/2 inch from the sinker. Fish are drawn to the clinking and clanking made from the beads swaying in the water. Tie the end of your mainline to the swivel using the sheet bend technique.

Tips & Warnings

Use round pliers to peel back the eye of the sinker and hook it to the eye of the swivel. When using a snap sinker, hook the snap sinker to the eye of the swivel. Use needle nose pliers to clamp the snap sinker down over the eye of the swivel.
Egg sinkers can range in size from 2 to 16 ounces. Other sinkers, including cod sinkers, curtain sinkers and ingot sinkers (each named for its shape), are also available.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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