All about Fishing Terminal Tackles

Terminal tackles are little tools that are clipped, tied, or attached at the end of an angling line. Their primary purpose is to improve further the chance of catching fish, which will be discussed below. It is made of wood, plastic, foam, lead, stainless steel, and tin. It comes in a variety of sizes, shades, and designs as well. Also, take note that although live baits and synthetic lures are attached at a line’s end, technically it is not classified as a terminal tackle.

Furthermore, terminal tackles are classified into various categories, and each of it serves a particular task. In fact, fishing a specific species of fish using an unsuitable terminal tackle can affect the activity’s success rate negatively. As such, it is essential to learn the exact jobs of each tackle.

Different Types of Terminal Tackle

All about Fishing Terminal Tackles
All about Fishing Terminal Tackles

As what was mentioned, there are different types of fishing terminal tackle. And although they are all attached at the end of a fishing line, their purpose varies. To understand further, below are different fishing terminal tackle.


A leader is a tiny portion of wire used to tie and connect fishing baits, lures, and hooks at the end of a line. It serves two different tasks: first is to protect the bait from rocks, reef, sharp edges of fish’s teeth and second is to help in successfully luring the fish by keeping the line out of their sight. Moreover, it is categorized into two types:

1.    Fluorocarbon Leader. This leader is perhaps the best kind among the two. It is durable and less stretchable, which is excellent for large and aggressive species that loves to struggle. Aside from that, it is water resistant (non-absorbing), meaning it does not shrink and weaken even after several uses. Thus, anglers can use it as much as they want or until it wears off.

2.    Monofilament Leader. Compared to fluorocarbon leader, this one tends to absorb water faster and stretch easily. However, the monofilament is an excellent leader for shallow water fishing. And due to it being abrasion resistant, this type of leader is also suitable for trolling, bait-fishing, and deep-water jigging. Moreover, it comes in a wide array of colors as well including blue, red, green, fluorescent, yellow, and opaque colors.


These terminal tackles are small devices use to connect lures and hooks at the end of a fishing line or is merely a part of an angling rig. Their main task, on the other hand, is to prevent the line from twisting as well as to help in retrieving the prey. Apart from that, they are typically made of metal with two rings on both side and a middle that resembles the shape of a ball. 

1.    Ball Bearing Swivel. This one has two metal ball-shaped positioned between its body and spindle, which allows the tackle to move and rotate freely. As what was mentioned, swivels serve as a way to avoid the line from twisting. However, ball bearing swivels are used mainly for carrying a heavy load. Hence, it is suitable for saltwater fishing or for targeting large species.

2.    Snap Swivel. As what its name suggests, this one is a combination of a swivel and a snap. Its purpose is to prevent the angling line from meshing and to make the changing of lures more convenient. That said, enthusiasts need not worry whether they should get both swivels and snap as this one provides both of their purposes.

3.    Barrel Swivel. The barrel swivel consists of a nickel-plated brass barrel molded with shaped heads and eyes around brass pins. It is relatively cheaper and comes in a wide array of forms and sizes. The only advantage of it, however, is that they can’t rotate under heavy loads due to excessive friction, such as when trolling deep diving plugs or long battles with big fish and even when fishing bait in strong currents. On a lighter note, they are best to use in freshwater fishing, where there is not much wear and tear.


All about Fishing Terminal Tackles

This type of terminal tackle is among the many crucial elements to achieve good angling. It is used to provide more tossing distance as well as the ability to maintain the bait underwater. Split shot weight, for instance, is affordable and straightforward which makes it an excellent tackle for first-time fishers.


This device is used to catch fish by piercing it in the mouth or the body. There is a wide array of selections of hooks. And the shapes, design, sizes, and material vary depending on the purpose.

Floats or Bobbers

Typically called as strike indicators or bobbers, floats are made to keep the bait from going too deep and down the lake. It is also a visual indicator to know when a fish has bitten the lure.

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