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Line Fishing, Off Hastings, oil painting by J. M. W. Turner, circa 1835

Handline fishing, or handlining, is a fishing technique where a single fishing line is held in the hands. It is not be confused with handfishing. One or more fishing lures or baited hooks are attached to the line. A hook, fishing lure, or a fishing jig and many times a weight and/or a fishing float can be attached to the line. Handlining is among the oldest forms of fishing and is commonly practiced throughout the world today.

The fishing bait can be still fished, trolled or jigged up and down in a series of short movements. Often handling is done close to the bottom of the body of water but can also be done near or on the surface.

Salt Water Handlining[edit]

Ocean handlining is often used to catch groundfish and squid but other species are sometimes caught, including pelagic fish. Sea handlining a good way to catch larger oceanic fish.

Freshwater Handlining[edit]

Handlining is also used for catching fresh water fish. Panfish, walleyes, and other freshwater game fish can be caught using handlining fishing techniques. Handlining can be practiced from the shore or from a fishing boat. Walleye anglers practice handlining over moderately deep water in a drifting boat. Handlining is also practiced by ice fishing anglers.

Handlining Techniques[edit]

A jigging motion can be used to attract fish which are normally caught while trying to strike the lure but they can also be snagged by the hooks as they investigate the jigged lure. The lure can also be fished motionless and the angler feels for the bait to be picked up by a fish and then sets the hook after waiting for the fish to fully take the bait. After a strike occurs the hook is set and then the fish is hauled in and the caught fish is removed.

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34 news items

Undercurrent News
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:45:00 -0800

Handline fishing avoids the habitat and bycatch impacts that other tuna fishing methods cause, Seafood Watch spokesperson Emerson Brown told Undercurrent. Handline catchers bring fish in one by one, hand-over-hand. This method generally avoids the ...
BusinessWorld Online Edition
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:11:15 -0700

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Tuna industry players have scored the failure of government agencies to issue the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Act (RA) 9379, the law governing the handline fishing sector enacted seven years ago.
Minda News
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:49:19 -0700

Handline fishing is a traditional method that employs hook and line to catch large mature tuna, including the sashimi-grade, mostly sold in the markets of Japan, Europe and the United States. “The lack of IRR is a long time issue that we want settled ...


Minda News
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:06:20 -0700

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 September) – Various groups have reiterated their call for the regulation of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the Philippines to ensure the sustainability of the handline fishing sector, which produces large mature ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:00:00 -0800

Fishermen using lower impact methods such as handline fishing, a traditional method of fishing that uses one hook for one fish, can rarely catch anything nowadays. (READ: Gensan no longer PH's tuna capital?) The reason? There are just thousands of ...
Manila Standard Today
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:07:30 -0800

The group, all engaged in traditional handline fishing method, represented the towns of Mamburao, Sablayan, Paluan, Santa Cruz, and Rizal in Occidental Mindoro in a forum last January 22 at the Mindorenos Hotel where an agreement was signed by local ...
Tico Times
Wed, 04 May 2011 19:15:58 -0700

Today I consider handline fishing a true art form. Handline spools come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The very basic is about 50 yards of line wrapped around a 16-ounce water bottle. Others consist of a hand-carved piece of wood with the spool ...
Fiji Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:15 -0700

"Most of our guests are from Australia, US, Europe, Asia and New Zealand." Apart from diving activities, the resort offers snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea and handline fishing and tennis. The resort also offers wedding and honeymoon packages as well as ...

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