You may be asking yourself what a hand line is? Well the easiest way to describe its use is a way to stow/deploy/catch fish without using a fishing pole. It can be a small hand held drum or other plastic device that allows for “ease of use” while fishing. This is a great tool to have in your emergency preparedness kit so you can catch fish for your dinner in times of disaster and hardship.
This particular example of a hand-line is utilizing a 2 Liter soda bottle as shown in the photo below.
The photos below show how I carefully use a knife to pry on the safety plastic seal for the cap and feed the thick test of the fishing line through.
The photos below show how I route the line into the bottle and place the cap of the 2L bottle back on. It is probably best if you tied a knot on the end of the fishing line, just in case you lose control of the deploying line so it won’t be able to pull through the lid as easy.
The photo below shows wrapping the fishing line around the bottle dozens of times in order to have enough to throw your bait as needs be. You should wrap at minimum 75 ft, depending on what height you are fishing from, and how far you intend to throw your bait is what you should consider going substantially larger amount of line you should put on.
You can always tie in a swivel with a clip to extend in the future if need be.
Common fishing tackle for hand line is shown below.
Hooks, weights, attaching swivels, and etcetera are essential items to have in your emergency preparedness kit to make hand lines easier. You can come up with several different techniques in bottom rigs for fishing. If you are on a low bridge with some current underneath it, you can use a trolling lure off your hand line. Be careful if your line starts to make loops in it like the photo below, it can cause trouble in handling the line.
This photo is a typical rig for bottom fishing.
2 different lines going from a 3 way swivel, one line about 1 ft long is the hook, and the other about 1.5 ft or more goes the weight. The weight size is important for how much current you are fishing in, and how far you would like to throw the rig. Photo 13 is hooking the rig up to your hand line with the previous mentioned clip and swivel in the below photos.
Get yourself a good thick pair of gloves, and let’s go fishing.
The problem when handling thin line without gloves while catching a big fish, the line may cut into your hands and be very uncomfortable to handle.
This shows some bait ready to be dropped or thrown out to sea.
If you are going to throw it, you will need a clear area to swing the weighted rig around in circles from the clock wise direction to throw it as the weight is starting to travel upwards. This will need some practice. With the other hand, you can hold the bottle, and gently place your thumb on the spooled line, keeping the slightest amount of pressure as it is launched. This prevents large amount of lines from being accidently deployed. Some people tie a loop in the hand-line; hook up an elastic cord to a tree or rock to dampen the shock of the fish strike. It is a learning experience so don’t be discouraged. Knowing how to make your own hand lines are very useful for your Emergency Preparedness Kit.