Offshore wild fish require the use of the strongest knots, but there is more to be done in figuring out which deep sea fishing knot is best to use than just strength alone – the type of line material and rigging situation will also make a difference. Learn about the five knots most commonly used by blue water anglers.
1. Bimini twist
If you want to tie one of the strongest and best deep sea fishing knots for the lanyard with the barrel or knob, the Bimini Twist is a knot to learn. This particular knot retains 90% -95% of the original line width when properly tied. There is a double line created when this knot is tied. The second line serves as additional insurance against abrasion. If a fish’s line or tail accidentally breaks one strand, there is always another strand.
2. Double Uni Knot
This is a good line-to-line connection that you can use with lines of similar or different thickness. When you tie the braided line to the monofilament, make about eight turns with the braided line and then about five turns with the monofilament.
3. Albright Knot
If you need to join two lines of different diameters or materials (e.g. braided main line with wire or braided main line with monofilament), the Albright knot is a good choice.
4. Palomar knot
The Palomar knot is one of the best deep sea fishing knots to use when attaching a hook to your fishing line or leader. This knot is one of the easiest end knots to tie and one of the strongest too.
5. Haywire twist
If you’re planning a saltwater fishing trip to catch toothy species (like Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, wahoo, or barracuda), you may want to learn how to tie a haywire twist. While the Haywire Twist is technically not a knot, many offshore anglers consider it the best way to attach the wire leader to a hook, bait, or swivel. You would first use an Albright knot to connect your leader or tip to the wire, and then use a twist to tie your hook, bait, or fly together.
Now that you know which fishing knots are best to use on the high seas, practice tying some of these deep sea fishing knots. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to tie the double knot or other saltwater fishing knot. Strong knots will help you land more fish successfully!
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.