Hand Fishingtypes And Usage: The Best Tips For Effective Anglers


In the following you will learn everything about the hand fishing rod. In particular, the different types and types of fishing rods as well as their use will be explained.

Hand fishing rod types

According to our research, there are five different types. They differ as far as possible in their fit, the handle, the handiness, the material, the used fittings, as well as the general appearance.

For each type we will describe the purpose, construction, location and possible target fish. Unfortunately we have not yet been able to photograph all hand fishing rods. If you have pictures of your hand fishing rod and want to publish them here, you are welcome to send us an e-mail at any time.

Pictures of the common types of hand fishing rods:

Here is a typical all-round hand fishing rod:

And this is what the wooden display fishing rod looks like:

The handcaster (further terms are Cuban Yoyo and boat fishing rod) is a plastic ring for storing a fishing line. The outside of the Handcaster is usually conical (tapered) to guarantee a smooth line.

The tapered side allows the line to unwind easily and quickly. The inner side is mostly flat to ensure a comfortable hand guidance. The material is shatterproof hard plastic.

The Handcaster is often used for fishing from a boat. This hand fishing rod is therefore often used by sailors and sport boaters for sea trolling.

Successful fishing results have been achieved at speeds of 2 to 8 knots. With the Handcaster a variety of pelagic fish species can be caught on all seas and oceans. These include small and medium-sized tuna, bonito, dorado, swordfish, mackerel, queenfish, kingfish and many more.

Allround Hand Fishing Lure

The Allround Hand Fishing Lure (also called Hobo Fishing Lure) is a very light fishing rod and because of its weight it is very popular with survival travellers, campers and hikers. The cylindrical object made of hardwood beech or walnut is often made by turning by hand.

In many cases this is the same wood as for rifle butts. Clear varnish or Danish oil is often used in the manufacturing process to ensure long-term protection of this fishing rod.

The length is usually about 11 to 22 cm. It is preferably used on lakes, rivers and streams. Owners of this type report capital catches of trout, grayling and eel with a simple hook and tauworm.


Norwegian hand fishing rod

The indicatorNorwegian hand fishing rod (or harpoon / reel) is mainly used in Norway and is very popular there. It can even be bought in many supermarkets there. It is a hard plastic spool for storing fishing line with a separate handle for one hand. This is often similar to the spool handle for a kite.

The original first Norwegian hand fishing rods, on the other hand, are very simple. They consisted of 15m brass wire, about 1m of parcel tape and a stone. Here a part of the brass wire was fixed around the stone with the help of the tape.

The hooks were fixed to the brass wire at a distance of about 25cm. The area of application is mostly fjords, reefs or the open sea. Many anglers report successful capital catches of ling, halibut, catfish, mackerel, plaice, pollack, cod and coalfish.

Trolling Hand Angle

This is a softwood rod which is preferably used for trolling. The rod, which is made of several components, and therefore not in one piece, has a metal axle in its core which continues to the wooden handle.

The metal axle is designed to allow the line to be easily rolled up with the help of a square wooden frame. In most cases the towing hand hooks are equipped with a piece of cork for safe storage of the hooks. They are preferably used in a boat on the sea or lakes with the bait being guided behind the boat. Anglers report capital catches of mackerel, plaice and cod.

Finished fishing rod

The ready-to-display fishing rod is particularly light. It is suitable for spin fishing, bottom fishing, trolling, bait fishing and trolling. In most cases, the finished rod is delivered as a complete assembly with pose, line and lead for direct use.

This is a hand fishing rod made of wood or plastic, which is limited to the most important functions. The fishing line is rolled up on a piece of wood or an oblong plastic spool which is approx. 10 cm long and approx. 2-4 cm wide.

The wood or plastic has a recess at both ends to prevent the line from slipping and twisting. In most cases, the hook is fixed and hooked into the wood or a similar device.

This reduces the risk of injury. We have also published an article on how you can build this hand fishing rod yourself. With this fishing rod you can fish both for poachers and predators. Anglers equipped with a fishing rod will report capital catches of carp, perch, zander, pike and eel.



All in all, when buying the respective types you should pay attention to the purpose of the fish. This includes, for example, whether you want to fish from a boat or from the shore. Furthermore, each type is very individual and special.

Therefore, it is certainly a question of taste which shape, material and fit suits you. The decision for which type you choose can also be related to the fish you are aiming for. A trolling hand fishing rod for example makes more sense for predatory fish that stay in the open water and go “hunting”.

The allround version can also be used on the bottom. Therefore the choice is always dependent on personal taste, the purpose and the set goals.

Hand fishing in practice

In the following, the different hand fishing methods will be discussed. The different areas shore, bottom and boat are described.

Using a hand rod from the shore

When using a hand rod from the shore, fishing is usually active (spin fishing). In most cases, artificial lures such as spoons, plugs and soft plastic lures are used as bait.

In contrast to conventional rods (e.g. catfish rods), the device is usually thrown into the water with a swing for a few meters and then quickly retrieved. Here the line is held with one hand and then wound around the rod.

The fish react to the optical stimuli and vibrations when being pulled in. It is very important to make sure that the line is caught correctly when the line is pulled in, otherwise the line can twist.

Hand fishing rod Video from the shore:

Using the hand fishing rod on the bottom

The hand fishing rod is lowered about 20 to 30 meters and then fixed to the bottom. Make sure that the lead used is not too light. Otherwise the line can twist.

As a rule, many anglers leave the line on the bottom for about 10 minutes and then reel it in again. The procedure is then repeated. In between you can pull the line carefully to “feel” if a fish has bitten.

As soon as a fish has bitten, the line is slowly rewound. Usually the fish are a little bit calmer because the line can only be reeled in slowly compared to normal reels.

Using the hand rod from the boat

Another method is to use the hand rod from the boat. In practice, an 80 line has proved to be the most effective for avoiding line twist. Furthermore, a swivel should be attached to the line.

Usually 2 mackerel leaders (or also 1 herring leader) are hooked to the swivel with large hooks one after the other. Glittering hooks with a piece of fish skin have proven to be practical. In addition a pear lead with 200 to 300g is attached. Of course, the settings made can be refined as required.

After that the line plus hook and bait is slowly let into the water for about 40m (70 to 100m for mackerels) and pulled behind the boat. It is important to take care that the line does not get caught in the propeller again.

A twisting of the line is then almost unavoidable. Many anglers then sail their boat slowly along the fjord close to the shore. The speed is usually around 1.2 to 1.5 knots. Another possibility is to sail across the fjord to the opposite side.

While towing, the hand fishing rod should be pulled up and down with the elbow from time to time to vary the height. You should also pull it in from time to time and then slowly let it go again.

As soon as a fish has bitten, the line is slowly wound up. Simply pulling the line in without winding it has the advantage that it goes much faster, but even then there is the danger of line twisting.

The caught fish could also knot in the line. Another possibility is to use the hand fishing rod to search for fish. Once you have found a suitable spot, you can also switch to a 1.40 m pilk rod with a herring leader and pilker.

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