Outdoor Skills: Fishing 101 – Rigging a Fishing Pole

Education Specialist, JJ Gladden, breaks down a simple rigging technique to get you fishing quickly and effectively.

Step 1: Pick the Right Pole

JJ recommends a basic push-button spincast rod and reel like a Zebco 33 Combo for adults or a Zebco 202 Combo for kids.

Step 2: Pick the Right Line

If you are starting with a new rod and reel combo like the Zebco 33 or Zebco 202, you are probably good to use the line it comes with to start. If you are looking for a new fishing line, JJ recommends a 4-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

Step 3: Pick the Right Hook

Fishing hooks come in a wide range of sizes and types. Sizes are generally referred to by a number from the smallest (size 32) to the largest (size 19/0). For hook sizes from 32 to 1, the larger the number, the smaller the hook. The common types of hooks are bait holder, worm, jig, circle, weedless, and treble hooks, to name a few. JJ recommends a worm or bait holder type hook for fishing with a worm. He recommends a #4 size for bass or catfish and a #6 for crappie.

Step 4: Tie On A Hook

JJ recommends a fishermen’s knot or palomar knot. Watch the Fishing 101 Knot Tying Video

Step 5: Clamp On A Split Shot Sinker

Add the sinker 8 to 12 inches from the hook.

Step 6: Snap On A Bobber

A bobber can be used to help keep your bait a certain depth below the service of the water. The ideal depth can change based on the species you are fishing for or the time of year. JJ recommends starting with your bobber two feet above your split shot and adjusting it further up your line incrementally until you start getting a bite.

Step 7: Add Your Bait