How to Tie a Lead Weight on Fishing Lines

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How to Tie a Lead Weight on Fishing Lines
Having the right tackle is an important step in an enjoyable fishing adventure. (FISHING TACKLE image by brelsbil from

Lead weights are important when you're trying reel in that "big catch." Without them, it would be rather difficult to cast your line out into the deep waters where the large fish are. They are also important for making sure that your bait sinks to the right depth in the water and travels at the right speed as you reel in your line. Lead weights are used in conjunction with plastic lures to allow you to move your bait in a way that attracts fish along the bottom.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Select the correct lead weight for the fish that you're trying to catch. If you're fishing in the ocean, the amount of weight that you choose to put on your line will be quite different from the amount of weight that you will put on the line if you're fishing in fresh water.

  2. 2

    Determine how far up from your tackle you need to connect your lead weight to the line. This will also depend on what kind of fish you're trying to catch and on the conditions that you're fishing in. Usually 12 to 24 inches up the line from your bait should be plenty.

  3. 3

    Make sure your fishing line is straight. It is very important to keep the line from getting tangled up when you attach your lead weight to your line.

  4. 4

    For ball or spoon lead weights, you should run the fishing line through they eye of the weight and, using any type of fishing knot, secure the lead weight so that it leaves you a couple of feet on the end of the line to use to attach your hook and bait. For a split shot weight, you only need to take a pair of pliers and use them to pinch the weight closed around the line. Repeat until you have the right amount of weights on your line.

Tips and warnings

  • In some areas, fishing with lead weights is illegal due to environmental concerns. You should check your local fishing laws and restrictions to make sure lead weights are legal in your area before using them. Even if they are legal, you may want to consider using another type of fishing weight to help keep the environment lead-free.

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