Top 5 Fishing Light Tips You Should Know


Use a thin diameter and yet strong main line

Braided line that is around PE 0.4 rating is recommended because it is thin enough, senstive and strong. The reason for using a thiner line is not to make reeling up your fish more challenging but it allows your jigs/lures to touch bottom especiialy if you are fishing on the sea. The simple logic to this is, the thicker the diameter of the line, the more resistence there will be for the line to sink.

Light Fluro Carbon Leader

Usage of a fluro carbon leader Is recommended because it has better abrasion resistance and clearer on the transparency of the line. Using the right leader line does count, but learning to balance between how visible the leader line is and how strong it is counts as well. Same goes to the main line, a lighter leader line is recommended when you are using small jigs and lures to fish. Always know what fishes you are targeting so that you can adjust the setup to fit the type of fishing. Or like me, give yourself a reason to have a second setup. Going too thick on your leader line does affect your chances of landing a fish when you are luring or jigging, as it affects the movement of the jigs/lures and the overall presentation of your moving bait.


Smooth Drag On a Small Reel

When fishing light, the general reel sizes are 1003, 2000 and 2500. One best reason for fishing with light tackles is the reel, the scream of the reel when it is fish on and the feeling of reeling up a speedy trevally with this reel sizes is simply exhilirating. However, it is important to have sufficient line capacity on your reel (Minimum. 150m). And always remember to give just enough tension on the drag but not to much. To check, lock your reel and see if you are able to pull some line out of the reel. From there, you will be able to judge if the drag tenson is too much or too little.


Sensitive Rod to Detect Bites and Terrain

Specification for this kind of rods are usally around 1-4LB, 2-6LB or the most 4-10LB. The main reason for using a thin rod is to detect bites and feel the movement of the small lures working in the terrain you are fishing on. Secondly, it does give you an edge to the distance of the cast. With the right rod and right technics, you will definitely be able to make those bends with your rods and conquer tough terrains when you are fishing at freshwaters.


Simple Presentation of Lures/Jigs

The common mistakes with lures or jigs presentations are normally the size of the swivel, snap, and too much flash going on on the assist hooks(jigs). Pair it well and you will better your fishing pals, they will soon be asking you what magic potion you have consumed the day before for fishing them. Try to bring out the food stylist out of you, you don’t see a nice artistic shot of a chicken rice being flooded with too much rice. There will normally be a nice balance of the chopped up steamed chicken, decent amount of rice and a decorative amount of sliced cucumbers. Hope the last three sentences didn’t trigger your stomach but do transfer this thoughts to your setup.


Hope you find this tips useful, do share your fishing light experience with the community and instagram the picture of you with your catch. Simply, #thefishingmarathon

May the light force be with you. Enjoy!  


TFM Writer: Gabriel Lin / Content Contributed by: Fred Goh