Fireball fishing: how does it work?

A live wire, a fireball, a fluorocarbon leader, and off you go! Fireball fishing is one of the vertical fishing techniques, except that this little accessory is your anti-snagging weapon. If you particularly enjoy fishing on rough bottoms, even in deep water, you'll love the fireball. Whether you're looking for pike, catfish or pike-perch, the technique is foolproof.

Fireballing is a great way to get the most out of your fishing.

The Fireball: definition 

In the sea, exotic fishing enthusiasts use fireballs to hunt denti, amberjack or wolffish. In freshwater, fireballing is perfect for catching the pike-perch, perch or catfish.

Canadian Walleye fishermen used to fish with a simple lead tee fitted with a live minnow which they left to drag on the bottom. The Belgians and the Dutch were the first Europeans to adopt this technique by adapting the weight of the lead from 7 to 21 grams.

Concretely, a fireball is a lead head with a short shaft for live fishing. The head must be heavy enough to take the fish down to where you want it to go, and the shaft of the hook must be short enough to hold the fish by nailing it to the lips. Finally, the fireball is fitted with a ring on the lead head, where a leader is attached.

The Fireball is a very useful tool for the rifle.

The fireball allows you to present the live one in front of the carnivore vertically, even in tight places, like pits. And once mounted, the livebait is left with a triple on its back and the fireball lead holding its lips.

The fireball is a great way to get the most out of your fish.

Similar to the sharp drop, but heavier, the equipment is such that the fireball can be easily removed from a pile of branches, in the event that you need to get out quickly after a hit.

The advantage of the live wire is without question that it provides the animation alone. It will even warn you of the approach of a predator by wriggling nervously, creating little jolts that you can feel with some vibrations on the rod. Using a dead fish for fireball fishing is also possible, but you have to make sure it is animated, waddling gently.


The Fireball : technique

With heavier weights, the Fireball is also used in the deep sea. Up to 21 grams, you can fish in 10 metres of water. But if you're planning to travel to the Great Lakes, you'll need to pack a heavier fireball.

The fireball is a great way to get around the lake.

The idea is to have several weights depending on the fishing conditions and the size of the fish, the objective is to stay vertical and limit the risk of snagging.

Start with several ready-made leaders of different lengths, equipped with a small pin so that you can change the set-up without removing the fireball.

The fireball can be used with worms, soft lures or even strips of squid, in addition to the livebait.   

Finally, when striking, avoid striking too quickly. Instead, give the prey time to become sufficiently engaged. Make the strike when you can almost feel its weight.

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What material to use for fireball fishing : 

The rod

Oversensitive rods do not cope well with violent rushes from carnivores. For a classic fireball fishing, i.e. for common catches of 50-70 cm, the best thing to do is to opt for a light or medium-light rod, which is softer and will make fewer jerks during the fight. On the other hand, for catfish, as you don't know what to expect in terms of size, it's better to be equipped with a .

The Reel

A reel single fixed reel in size 3000 & 4000 is sufficient, except for catfish, where you need a reel in size 8000 & 10,000 with a good drag.

The leader

The leader must be sleeved in advance. It can be made of fluorocarbon or braid.

A fishfinder, not essential but nice to use

If you have a good depth finder, you can fish very accurately by following the relief and aspersion of the bottom since the fishfinder allows you to follow the evolution of your fireball and the bottom.


If you are tempted by a calmer fireball, there is another way to use this magical tool: by letting it drag on the bottom, equipped with a livebait. For this technique, the cloud created by the wake of the sharp on the background is used to advantage. The suspended material arouses the curiosity of a lot of small fish, and this effervescence is a great attraction for the predators, which dive into the pile. When they arrive, the fisherman normally wins. However, you must strike quickly enough before the fish spits out the fish when it feels the weight of the lead. With the fireball, whatever method you use, you have little chance of coming up empty-handed.

It's a great way to catch fish.

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