How to Fish With an Egg Sinker

by Richard Toole

Some anglers like to keep their bait and hook on or near the bottom of the body of water where they are fishing. Some types of fish, such as catfish, feed primarily on the bottom. Some baits or lures simply do not weigh enough to sink down to the bottom and stay there, and this is when it is helpful to use an egg sinker. An egg sinker is an egg-shaped weight that slides over your fishing line, and keeps your lure weighted down.

Items you will need

  • Fishing pole with line
  • Egg sinker
  • Barrel swivel
  • Pocket knife or scissors
  • Leader line with hook (typically between 8 and 12 inches long)
  • Bait
Step 1

Pull out several feet of fishing line from your reel. Make sure the line is threaded through all of the eyelets on your pole before you proceed further.

Step 2

Slide an egg sinker onto the fishing line. The egg sinker will have a hole through the center. Thread the free end of the fishing line through the hole.

Step 3

Tie the end of the fishing line to a barrel swivel after you have the egg sinker in place. Cut any excess fishing line off the knot you just tied.

Step 4

Squeeze open the clasp of the barrel swivel. Slip the end of an 8- to 12-inch leader line with hook into the clasp. Shut the clasp once the leader line is in place.

Step 5

Bait your hook with your preferred bait.

Step 6

Cast your line to the desired location. The egg sinker will hold the end of the leader line down on the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Egg sinkers are also called slip sinkers.
  • Since the egg sinker is not directly attached to the hook, fish will feel less resistance, and are less likely to spit out the hook before you set it.