How Do You Put a Split Shot on a Fishing Line?

One of the most important pieces of tackle in any angler’s arsenal is the split shot. This simple, yet highly effective piece of equipment is designed to add weight to the fishing line, allowing for better casting and improved accuracy.

Split shot can be used for a variety of different fishing applications, from float fishing to bottom bouncing and more. Knowing how to properly attach a split shot on your line can make a big difference in your success rate when out on the water.

To begin, you’ll need to gather all of the necessary materials for putting a split shot on your line. These include: a pair of pliers, split shot, and obviously your fishing line.

It’s important that you choose the right size of split shot for the type of fish you’re after and the size of hook you’re using. Too small and it won’t be able to hold enough weight; too large and it will weigh down your bait too much.

Once you have all of your materials ready, it’s time to get started. Begin by identifying where you want to place your split shot on your line – usually this is around 18-24 inches away from the hook. Then, use your pliers to grip one side of the split shot firmly; press down hard enough so that it opens up enough space for you to slide the end of the fishing line through.

Next Steps:

At this point, all that remains is for you to secure the split shot in place. To do this, simply slide back up along the line so that both sides are lined up with each other; then pinch both sides together with your pliers and give them a good squeeze until they are secure.

And there you have it – that’s all there is to putting a split shot on a fishing line! With practice and patience, attaching a split shot onto your line will become second nature in no time.


Putting a split shot on a fishing line isn’t complicated; with just some basic supplies like pliers and some split shots, anyone can do it quickly and easily. With practice comes perfection – before long you’ll be able to put these weights on with ease!

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Michael Allen