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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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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 01:33:45 -0800

Greenpeace points out that, "as the worldwide tuna population declines, the age-old fishing tradition of handline fishing in Palawan in the Philippines remains a shining example of a sustainable fishing method. The island province is a major source for ...
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:17:59 -0800

The purpose of this media statement issued by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, is to inform the South African public and the hake handline fishing industry in particular of the Minister's decisions on appeals ...
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 ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:53:21 -0700

Handline fishing is a traditional fishing method: the fisherman uses a vertical rod or handline with a bait, often a squid, to deceive fish into biting the hook. In General Santos City, the country's known tuna capital, handline fishing in the deep sea ...
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.

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

The Handline Fishing Law of 2007 is also poorly enforced, the lawmakers noted. IRR Drafting Committee. Last week, BFAR national director Asis Perez lauded the passage of amendments to the Fisheries Code and reiterated the bureau's commitment to ...


Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:00:29 -0800

Cape Town – The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will appoint a forensics team to combat "fronting" in the fishing industry. This is according to Minister Senzeni Zokwana, who on Monday briefed media in Parliament on the status of the ...
The Manila Times
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:52:30 -0700

According to Fajurano, Republic Act 9379 or the Handline Fishing Law of 2007, remains “toothless” as it still has no implementing rules and regulations. With this, Fajurano said, there is massive juvenile-tuna fishing remains unabated resulting to the ...

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