Fishing terminal tackle, what is it?

Terminal tackle is the hardware used by fishermen when angling. Almost any accessories hooked up to the end of a fishing line can be called terminal tackle.

This includes: 

  • hooks
  • leaders
  • swivels
  • weight sinkers
  • floats
  • snaps
  • lures
  • rigs
Fishing is a sport that not only requires you to be patient but most importantly you need to be equipped with a variety of different types of tackle. 

Sure, you can grab any sort of stick, attach a rope to it and "TRY" to catch something.  But, in today’s wide world of products, you can do so much better and become that much more successful at fishing. 

What are some uses for terminals? 

For example, Fish Hooks:

There is a huge variety of fishing hooks on the market today, different sizes, designs, shapes, all variable depending on the intended purpose of the fish hook. Different fish have different mouth size, selecting the proper hook size will ensure to set the hook in the fish's mouth properly. If you are new to fishing and are confused by all the hook sizes, refer to the chart below for a better understanding. 


The smaller the hook the higher the hook size number
Size 1 is the LARGEST and Size 24 being the SMALLEST

Standard hook size: usually used in freshwaters:

24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1


Specialty hook sizes: usually used in saltwater: 

The larger the hook the higher the hook size number

Size 12/0 being the LARGEST and Size 1/0 being the SMALLEST

1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, 8/0, 9/0, 10/0, 12/0



A fishing sinker is a weight that is attached to the fishing line, lure or hook to enhance its rate to sink, anchoring, or casting distance.
There are many types of sinkers used in different environments.
Some examples are:

Pyramid sinkers are formed like a pyramid and used to anchor to the bottom of water bodies.

Egg sinkers are round with a slim hole through which fishing line is threaded.Thesesinkersarepreferredon rock or rubble covered environments.

Split shot sinkers are small and round with a split halfway through the sinker. They are crimped on the fishing line. This feature makes adding and removing the weights simple and fast.

Bullet sinkers are bullet-shaped and used wide on largemouth bass fishing and rigging plastic worms.

Dipsey sinkers are oval and are connected to the fishing line with a loop of brass wire embedded within the sinker.

Bank sinkers are long and have a small hole at the top of the fishing line to thread.

Claw sinker consists of a sinker weight that is usually of round shape, they are used in surf fishing with strong currents, mainly to stop the sinker from getting carried off with the current.



A float also referred to as a bobber, is a fishing equipment that's connected to the fishing line that serves many functions. Firstly, it will suspend the bait at a planned depth; second, because of its buoyancy, it will carry the baited hook to inaccessible areas of water by allowing the float to drift with the current; and third, it is a visible bite indicator.


A fishing swivel is a device consisting of 2 rings connected to a pivoting joint. the line from a rod and reel is tied to one end, and a length of fishing line, typically terminated by a hook, lure or sinker, is tied to the other. the main purpose of the swivel is to permit the line to untwist during line retrieval, preventing tangling. this can be particularly necessary for users of monofilament fishing lines.


leader is a length of line attached to the end of your main fishing line. it's usually a thicker fishing line to which rigs or lures are tied.

There are two main reasons for using leaders. It can be used to provide protection against sharp teeth and rough terrains. The second reason is that some fishing lines are highly visible underwater, using a clear leader can make it difficult for the fish to see the line connected to your lure.