How Do You Tie a Ball Sinker on a Fishing Line?

Tying a ball sinker on a fishing line can be a bit of a tricky process, but with the right techniques, it is possible to do it quickly and efficiently. A ball sinker is basically a weighted device that is used to cast a bait out into the water.

It helps to keep the bait in one spot and also helps to attract fish. In order to properly tie a ball sinker onto your fishing line, you will need some basic supplies. These include:

  • Fishing Line
  • Ball Sinker
  • Needle Nose Pliers

The first step in tying the sinker onto your fishing line is to thread the fishing line through the eye of the sinker. To do this, use needle nose pliers and carefully thread it through. Once you have done this, you can then tie the sinker onto your fishing line using either an overhand knot or an improved clinch knot. An overhand knot is simply tying two ends of the same rope together while an improved clinch knot involves looping one end of the rope around itself multiple times before tying it off.

Tying an Improved Clinch Knot:

  • Start by looping one end of your fishing line around itself 5-6 times.
  • Tighten each loop as you go.
  • After you have looped the line around itself enough times, thread the other end through all of the loops.
  • Pull tight and trim away any excess line.

Tying an Overhand Knot:

  • Start by doubling up your fishing line and tying an overhand knot with both ends.
  • Pull tight and trim away any excess line.

Once you have tied either type of knot on your fishing line, you can then attach your ball sinker onto it by sliding it down until it reaches the knot. Make sure that it’s secure before casting out into open water!

With these simple steps, you should now be able to easily tie a ball sinker on your fishing line in no time!


Tying a ball sinker onto a fishing line may sound difficult but with some patience and practice, anyone can do it with ease! All that’s needed are some basic supplies like needle nose pliers, some type of knot like an overhand or improved clinch knot, and finally attaching the sinker onto your newly knotted fishing line. With these steps in mind, anyone can be sure to catch plenty of fish using their newly tied ball sinkers!


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Daniel Bennet