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SUBJECT: # 39684: When fishing with a balloon, how do you attach it to the line?

Submitted by UFM82 from OHIO on 4/30/2006 8:16:00 PM

I plan to do some shark fishing here soon and was wondering how to attach the balloon. A clip on the swivel? I'm not sure I'll be using a swivel. In fact, I'm not sure what rig I'll use.

Fill me in guys.


  1. 5/1/2006 9:12:00 AM Submitted by jhp ( from SC says tie it to your line
    when the fish hits the balloon WILL pop. just tie the balloon to the line at the desired depth when you tie the knot to close off the ballon.

  2. 5/1/2006 4:27:00 PM Submitted by MikeF ( from GA says this way
    What I do is tie a knot in the balloon. Then I make a loop in the line and tie another knot over the loop. That way when anything hits the bait it will pop the ballon off the line. If you do it this way you should go back and pick up the balloon. There are some areas where you are not allowed to use a break-away float. The reason I do it this way is so I don't have to worry about the balloon remains while reeling in the line.

  3. 5/14/2006 2:05:00 PM Submitted by capt_dalton ( from AL says Interesting idea Mike F
    We use ballons for king and spanish mackeral fishing all of the time. I had been just tying the balloon knot with the mainline in the knot. Yes the balloon usually pops on the inital strike, but, you have to deal with the little piece of rubber still on the line when it reaches you guides.

    The only drawback I see is it would be a little difficult to adjust the place where the balloon is riding on your line.

    However, I'll give it a try. It is my understanding that sea turtles often eat the remnants of balloons thinking they are jellyfish. This can lead to intestinal blockages and death.

  4. 2/7/2013 9:27:00 AM Submitted by Chris3 from NC says Balloon Fisher King
    You're right, not being able to adjust where the balloon is on your line is a drawback, however there is a product out there that fixes that from Balloon Fisher King. These guys make this little clip that goes on your fishing line and then you tie the balloon to it. You can adjust the balloon up and down the line easily to set your bait at whatever depth you want it. Definitely worth checking them out.

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