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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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42 news items

The Independent

The Independent
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:30:13 -0700

Brendan Hilder from Albany, near Perth was out handline fishing for salmon on Shelley Beach when a tiger shark got itself hooked on the end of his line. Handline fishing is the fishing technique where no rod is used and fish are caught with only a line ...


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

Environmentalists consider handline fishing—which uses the traditional hook-and-line method—more environment-friendly and more sustainable than purse seine fishing, which uses a large wall of netting with floats and does not discriminate in hauling ...


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

This is the "convenient arrangement" in the tuna exporting industry when it comes to handline fishing, Miguel told the House committee on labor and employment. The committee was hearing a resolution filed by outgoing Akbayan Representative Walden ...

The Sunshine Coast Daily

The Sunshine Coast Daily
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 ...
Minda News
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 ...

Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Cruz and Rizal, have “prevalent tuna handline fishing industry.” Out of the five tuna producers, the WWF and the BFAR singled out Mamburao and Sablayan as the “gateways for tuna landing and trading.” This is so because Mamburao has 636 tuna handline ...
Manila Standard Today
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Maximo, co-author of the resolution, said the Fisheries Administrative Order 226, which disallows trading of juvenile tuna weighing below 500 grams remains largely ignored due to its poor enforcement at the local level. Rodriguez said the Handline ...
Daily Sabah
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:15:00 -0700

İsmail Atalay, the president of the Handline Fishing Federation, along with other members of the federation captured the region's natural beauty during their visit. After an exciting two-hour trip from the Banaz district, the group was finally able to ...

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