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How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing

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author image Will Capra
A copywriter and editor since 1998, Will Capra has handled projects for Fortune 50 companies, health care and higher education institutions and nonprofits, and his work has garnered numerous awards. Capra is also a prolific online writer, covering topics ranging from travel to technology for eHow. Capra holds a B.A. in English and is pursuing a master's degree in the same subject.
How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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According to Bass Pro Shops, sinkers are one of the most important elements of your fishing tackle. The Fish Resource website explains that using a sinker of the right style and weight can enhance your cast and allow you to anchor, troll, drift and present your bait or lure more effectively. Choosing the best sinker for a given scenario--whether a traditional split shot, convenient rubber core or more sophisticated tied sinker--involves many factors. Fortunately, putting a sinker on fishing line is a quick and simple process, making it easy to try different options until you find one that works well for you.

Split Shot

Step 1

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Press the fishing line into the groove of the split shot sinker. The placement of the sinker can vary. Common arrangements include a single sinker between the hook and bobber for bait fishing, as well as a series of sinkers with different weights to control drift below a float.

Step 2

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Squeeze the sides of the split shot sinker to compress the metal until it grips the fishing line tightly.

Step 3

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Tug gently on the sinker to confirm that it is securely fastened to the line.

Rubber Core

Step 1

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Press the fishing line into the rubber-lined groove of the sinker.

Step 2

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Twist the tabs at each end of the rubber core sinker in opposite directions. This will wrap the fishing line around the tabs and secure the sinker to the line.

Step 3

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Tug gently on the sinker to confirm that it is securely fastened to the line.

Ring, Loop and Eye

Step 1

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Remove the hook and any other tackle between the end of the line and the place your sinker will go.

Step 2

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Thread the end of the fishing line through the ring, loop or eye of the sinker. Many sinkers have a sizable opening that will make this step easy, while others require you to thread the line through a tiny channel bored through the sinker.

Step 3

How to Put a Sinker on the Line When Fishing
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Tie a knot below the sinker at the point where you want the sinker to rest. Leave enough free line beyond the knot to accommodate your hook and any other tackle you need to place below the sinker.

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