Tying a good fishing knot is just as important as the gear you choose. No matter what species you intend to target, a solid connection to your bait may be the difference between terrible and great days on the water.
There are hundreds of different saltwater knots out there, some better than others, depending on the application.
Here are four of the best saltwater fishing knots you can master:
Step 1. Run line through eye of hook and double back parallel to the standing line. Make a loop by laying tag end over the doubled line.
Step 2. Make 6 turns with the tag end around the double line and through the loop.
Step 3. Moisten lines and pull tag end to snug up the turns.
Step 4. Slide knot down to the eye or leave a small loop if desired.
Improved Clinch Knot
Step 1. Pass end of the line through the eye of the hook or swivel.
Step 2. Pull about 6 inches of line through and double it back against itself.
Step 3. Pass end of the line through the small loop formed just above the eye, then through the big loop just created.
Step 1. Overlap ends of lines to be joined. Twist one around the other making 5 turns. Bring tag end back between the two lines.
Step 2. Repeat with the other end, wrapping in opposite direction the same number of turns.
Step 3. Slowly pull lines in opposite directions. Turns will wrap and gather.
Step 1. Make a loop in the heavier line and run about 10” of the lighter line through the loop.
Step 2. Hold the 3 lines between your thumb and index finger.
Step 3. Make 10 tightly wrapped turns.
Step 4. Hold both ends of the heavy line and slide the wraps to the end of the loop.
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