How to Use Hand Line Fishing Equipment

How to Use Hand Line Fishing Equipment
Hand lining is an old way of fishing that has been used for centuries. It is best suited for smaller fish, as fighting a large fish could be quite an adventure. Modern tackle has the advantage of the reel's mechanical drag and the flexibility of the rod. The hand line has none of this and the angler is directly connected to the fish. This is a different and challenging change from conventional fishing. A small hand line is small and packs easily, which makes it useful for survival situations.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hand line Hooks Weights Bobbers Bait
  • Hand line
  • Hooks
  • Weights
  • Bobbers
  • Bait
Step 1
Tie on a suitable lure like a jig or bucktail. If using a hook, attach a chunk of fresh-cut bait or live bait.
Step 2
Lower the hand line to the desired depth. Casting a hand line can be awkward, so try to fish straight below if possible. Attach a cork or bobber if you want to fish on the surface.
Step 3
Constantly monitor the line for strikes. Periodically check the bait and replace if necessary.
Step 4
Set the hook to a strike by rapidly jerking your arm backward. Use a firm, swift motion to get a suitable hook-set in the mouth of the fish.
Step 5
Pull the line in with one hand while winding it back on the hand line spool with the other. Use both hands if the fish is large. The line can be wound later after the fish has been landed.

Tips & Warnings

Wear gloves to prevent rope burn when fighting large fish.
Use caution when working with hooks.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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