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Saltwater Fishing Knots

Best Line-to-Line Knot for Saltwater: The Bimini Twist
Best Swivel Knot for Saltwater: The Offshore Swivel

Saltwater knots are, in many ways, unique. Often required to connect lines of dissimilar diameters while still withstanding incredible pressure, their clever designs can prove challenging to tie well in a hurry.

The Offshore Swivel Knot, also known as the Cat’s Paw, is a great knot for connecting heavy, large-diameter mono or fluorocarbon to a swivel. Unlike alternatives like the Uni or Palomar that require tight bends and sharp turns, the Offshore Swivel Knot ties easily in heavy mono and fluorocarbon and can’t pull free. It’s also very resistant to breakage and can even surie one of the lines separating.

The brainchild of Alberto Knie, the Alberto Knot excels as a choice for connecting slender braid to heavy mono or fluorocarbon leader. By design, it distributes load over a large surface area, tightening the grip of the braid around the central leader as pressure is applied. Easier to tie than alternatives like the FG Knot and Bimini Twist, it’s a good choice for tying on the water.

While the FG Knot has gained a following among freshwater anglers, it was originally designed around the need to join fat fluorocarbon leader to braided main line. When tied well, it can meet or exceed your line’s test strength, making it an exceptionally good choice for hard fights. Unfortunately, it’s a hard knot to get right, requiring some practice, and no one can call it quick to tie.

The Bimini Twist is simply legendary among saltwater fishermen, having proven its strength fight after fight and season after season. A “double knot” capable of exceeding your line’s test strength - you read that right! - its weakness is the difficulty of tying it well and the time it takes to get it right. But learn to tie the Bimini Twist well and it’s truly a beast.

All Saltwater Fishing Knots

June 12, 2019

One Knot to Rule Them All - How to Tie the Uni Knot

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February 12, 2021

How to Tie the Palomar Knot: A Complete Guide

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February 12, 2021

How to Tie the Non-Slip Loop Knot or Kreh Knot

Many anglers discover the hard way that a snug knot is often a poor choice for direct connection to lures...
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February 12, 2021

How to Tie the FG Knot

Whether you chase the thrill of fighting big sailfish or tuna or spend your weekends muscling monster bass on your...
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February 12, 2021

How to Tie the San Diego Jam Knot

San Diego Jam - Good Snug Knot for All Line Types Braid makes awesome main line offering ridiculous strength for...
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February 12, 2021

How to Tie the Rapala Knot

Rapala Knot - Good Loop Knot For All Line Types As any pro can tell you there s a big...
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April 3, 2021

How To Tie the Bimini Twist Knot

For in- and offshore trolling with braided mainline there s no stronger knot than the Bimini Twist Designed around the...
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June 1, 2021

How to Tie the (Triple) Surgeon’s Knot

Initially developed to hold the two sides of a suture closed while the surgeon completed the stitch the Surgeon s...
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June 18, 2021

How to Tie the Alberto Knot

Designed by Alberto Knie when braided superlines were new to the market the Alberto nbsp Knot is an excellent choice...
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June 18, 2021

How to Tie the Offshore Swivel (Cat’s Paw) Knot

When you re fishing with very heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon many knots can be hard to tie because of the...
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June 18, 2021

How to Tie the Seaguar Knot

Developed by Seaguar the world s foremost fluorocarbon line manufacturer the Seaguar Knot was built around the need to attach...
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July 23, 2021

How to Tie the Dropper Loop

A dropper loop is simply a mixed loop on your main line leader or tippet - but it turns out...
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