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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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GMA News
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:43:21 -0700

The order prohibits trading in juvenile tuna that weighs below 500 grams, but it remains largely ignored due to poor enforcement at the local level. The Handline Fishing Law of 2007 is also poorly enforced, the lawmakers noted. CONTINUE READING 1 2 ...

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:52:01 -0700

Banana boat rides, waterskiing, para-flying, jetskiing and even handline fishing are also available for a small charge. Couples might take up the offer of a sunset cruise on the resort's own Teivovo speed boat or a champagne brunch on Madriki Island ...
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 ...
Undercurrent News
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:45:44 -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 ...
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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:21:00 -0700

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz personally turned over on Tuesday a check worth P2,040,000 for the implementation of a tuna handline fishing project involving the repatriated fishermen. She said the grant, which is under the agency's emergency ...


Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:14:14 -0700

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:03:45 -0700

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