How to Put a Weight on a Fishing Line? | Easiest Way to Add Sinker

If you are a beginner who just has started to research about fishing equipment and their uses, and now want to learn about how to put a weight on a fishing line, this guide is for you.

Adding a sinker to the fishing line is a simple task to do, though at the beginning it might seem to be tricky. However, this guide should be enough for you to learn about weights and how to put a sinker on the fishing like.

Here you go!!!

Why Should You Use Fishing Weights?


Some lures, baits are too lightweight and they don’t get inside the water, they float on the top of the water. And fishes barely see that, let alone getting hooked.

Having that said, there are some top-water fishes that might get hooked but it depends on your intention. Most of the fishes remain few feet under the topwater, if you want to hook those fish species, you have to make sure the bait goes to that position.

So in order to make sure that the bait or lure gets to the desired depth, the weight or sinker is added. Sinker and weight both are the same things, both do the same.


Not only that, but the casting would also inaccurate when the top of the line is too light. Even wind can move the hook or bait to another direction when it is too light. When adding little weight on the line, that enables you to cast accurately, and also you can achieve longer casting distance.

Another perk of adding sinker to the line is, the bait goes down to the water like real a thing that attracts the fishes to nibble it.

However, when choosing the weight you have to be careful. If your target fish stays on the top of middle water, adding heavyweight wouldn’t work. Because that will take the bait or lure to the bottom where that is of no use. So make sure you choose the sinker according to the need.

How to Tie a Weight on a Fishing Line?


There are different kinds of sinkers and tying them with lines is different. However, I have explained the three most common sinkers that are widely used. Split shot, Rubber core, and Ring loop.

Split Shot Sinker

Do you see the groove of the sinker? Lay the line into that. Make sure the sinker is placed on the desired distance, once added you cannot change the position, so double-check that.

When the weight is in the right position, pick the pliers and squeeze the sinker down. Be gentle, extreme pressure by pliers can break the fishing line. The pressure needs to be enough so that the singers get attached to the line properly, the weight shouldn’t move.

After adding hold the sinker with one hand and the line on another, then tug a little to see if the line moves through the sinker groove. If that’s not moving, you are all set to go!

Rubber Core Sinker

Put the line into the groove like a split shot sinker and then position the weight properly. Ensure it is on the right spot since you cannot change the position once the weight is attached properly.

We all have unwrapped candies right? Exactly like that twist both ends of the sinker, the line will get wrapped properly around the core of the rubber sinker. And lastly, do some tug and pulls holding the weight and the line to make sure the line doesn’t move.

If in any case, you find the line is moving through the sinker, then you have to do the wrapping again.

Ring loop & Eye Sinker


You have to know how to make a knot in order to tie the ring loop sinker with the line. When you are adding this sinker, you have to make sure the line end where you are supposed to attach the hook, lure, bait, etc. is empty.

And then feed the line through the sinker eye. Place the sinker exactly where you want that to be. And the tie a simple knot, but make sure it is tight enough that sinker wouldn’t move at all from it. Do some tug and pulling to be sure.

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