How to Rig Your Fishing Line for Freshwater Panfishing

How to Rig Your Fishing Line for Freshwater Panfishing
"Panfish" is a broad term that takes in several different types of small fish including yellow perch, crappie, and sunfish. Panfish are commonly found in ponds, lakes and slower-moving rivers and are often a favorite target of younger anglers. Catching these small and feisty fish is relatively simple and can be done with minimal rigging. Many anglers can easily rig up for panfish angling with some basic terminal tackle and a simple knot.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ultra light to light rod with matching reel
  • 2- to 4-pound-test fishing line
  • Float
  • Crimp-on weight
  • Small baitholder hook
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
Step 1
Thread the end of your fishing line through the hole in a float. Position the float 2 or 3 feet up from the end of the line and secure it in place with its stopper.
Step 2
Attach a small baitholder hook to the end of your line with a uni knot. Choose a hook in size 6 or 8 that is appropriate for small-mouthed fish. Tie the uni knot by passing 3 to 4 inches of line through the eye of the hook. Pull the free end of the line up beside the main line, forming a double line. Hold an inch or so of the double line in place and turn the free end of the line down toward the small hook, forming a loop alongside the double line. Wrap the free end of the line around the double line and through the loop three or four times, then moisten and pull tight.
Step 3
Measure 12 to 15 inches above the hook and attach a crimp on weight to the line. Lay the line into the slot cut in the weight. Press the sides of the weight together to crimp the weight onto the fishing line. Use pliers if necessary to crimp the weight closed.
Step 4
Position the float as needed so that the hook and bait will be presented at the desired level in the water. Lower the float to raise the hook and bait or raise the float to allow the hook and bait to be presented at a lower depth.

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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