How Do You Rig a Fishing Line With a Sinker?

Setting up your fishing line with a sinker is one of the most important steps for a successful fishing trip. A sinker helps the bait reach the desired depth and keeps it in the strike zone for longer periods of time. There are several types of sinkers to choose from and it is important to understand how to properly rig your line with a sinker in order to maximize your chances of catching fish.

Step 1: Selecting the Right Sinker

The type of sinker you use depends on several factors, such as the type of fish you are Targeting, water depth, and current. Sinkers come in various shapes, sizes, and weights, so it is important to choose the right one for your particular situation. The most common types are split shot, bank sinkers, egg sinkers, bullet weights, and slip weights.

Step 2: Attaching the Sinker

Once you have chosen the type of sinker that you want to use, it’s time to attach it to your line. If you are using a split shot or egg sinker, simply pinch it onto your line with pliers.

If you are using a heavier bank or bullet weight, use a rubber snell knot or an Albright knot. For slip weights, thread the line through the slot in the weight.

Step 3: Placing the Sinker

Once you have attached the sinker to your line, it’s time to place it at the desired depth. You can do this by tying on a swivel at one end of your line and attaching a length of leader material (such as monofilament) at the other end. Tie on your hook at the end of this leader material and slide your sinker up against it until it reaches the desired depth.


Rigging a fishing line with a sinker doesn’t have to be complicated. By selecting the right type of sinker for your situation and properly attaching and placing it on your line, you can ensure that your bait will reach its desired depth and stay there for as long as possible.

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Michael Allen