Why Is My Fishing Line Not Reeling In?

Fishing is a great pastime and can be a fun and rewarding experience. But for those who are new to fishing, it can be very confusing when something goes wrong, such as when the line isn’t reeling in. There are a few common reasons why your fishing line isn’t reelinng in, and understanding them can help you get back to catching fish quickly.

1. Too much weight on the line: If you’ve cast your line out but it’s not reeling in, it could be because there is too much weight on the line.

This could be due to having too big of a lure or bait attached to the end of your line, or if you are using weights to help sink the line. If this is the case, remove some of the weight from the end of your line and try again.

2. Drag settings: The drag settings on your reel are important for allowing the proper amount of tension on your fishing line when you are reeling in.

If these settings are off, then it can make it difficult for you to reel in your catch as the drag is either too tight or too loose. To adjust this setting, look for an adjustment knob on your reel and turn it until you have found a comfortable setting that allows you to easily pull in your catch without breaking off or losing it.

3. Line caught on something: Another common issue that can cause problems with reeling in is if your line has become tangled or caught on something under water such as rocks or debris.

This happens more often than people think and can cause major problems with reels not being able to retrieve the line properly. When this happens, use a net or long-handled pole to try and free up any tangles before attempting to reel in again.


There are many potential causes as to why your fishing line may not be reeling in properly. By understanding these potential causes and troubleshooting each one individually, you should be able to quickly identify why this is happening and get back out there fishing again.

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Lindsay Collins