Three Bass Fishing Knots – how to tie, when to use them

Learning all about bass fishing knots is an important part of fishing. In fact, they can have a huge effect on how successful you become so, it’s important that you learn how to tie them correctly. Some new anglers underestimate the importance of tying knots and don’t put a lot of effort into learning how to do them right.
When you take a few minutes to think about it you can see why and how they affect the outcome of your fishing trips. The knot is what attaches the fishing line to the reel and it attaches the lures to your fishing lines. If you don’t tie the knot correctly, then you run the risk of it coming loose when you catch a fish.
If these knots are tied incorrectly, they can work themselves loose after awhile. When you hook a fish and it begins thrashing around and pulling against the line, this can pull them apart as well. When this happens, your fish will be swimming away with your bait in its mouth while you watch.
There are several different types of knots used in fishing and after you become an experienced angler, you can begin learning how to tie them all one by one. They are used in different situations and using the right knot for the type of fishing you’re doing will make your fishing trips more productive. However, when you’re first learning how to fish, here are the three main types of bass fishing knots that you need to learn how to tie.
Double Clinch Knot
The double clinch knot is one of the most basic knots used in fishing and something that all anglers should know how to tie. These are used to attach hooks and lures to the fishing line. When tied correctly, it will hold 95 percent of the test line and it’s used when fishing in both fresh water and saltwater. It’s also used to tie two fishing lines together and to attach fishing lines to the reels but it works best when using thin fishing line.
To tie this knot, you start by inserting the tag end through the eye twice to form a double loop but don’t overlap the strands. Next, wrap the tag end around the standing line six times if your fishing line is six pounds or lighter. Wrap it five times for 8 to 12 pound test line and four times if it’s between 14 to 20 pounds. Lubricate the line when pulling tight and this will help you make the knot tighter. You’ll also want to keep tension on the tag end when tying. This is one of the most reliable bass fishing knots used today.
Palomar Knot
This is one of the simplest but strongest knots used for terminal tackle and one of the easiest to tie. However, it works best with short to medium length leaders and tackle. It’s used to tie the hook to the fishing line, snaps, plugs or spinnerbait and to join the fishing line to swivels. It works great when using braided and fused fishing line.
To tie, take about six inches of fishing line and double it then pass it through the eye of the hook. Next, tie an overhand knot in the doubled line and allow the hook to hang loose but avoid twisting the lines. Hold the standing line between one finger and the thumb when tying the overhead knot. Now, push the hook through the loop and draw line while passing the loop all the way over the hook. Lubricate the line and tighten the knot then trim tag ends.
Blood Knot
The blood knot is an excellent one to use when tying lines together as long as they are similar in size. They also work well when tying on long fly-fishing leaders and when tying lightweight leaders onto the main line when saltwater fishing.
To tie, lay about six inches of the two lines being tied together parallel to each other with the ends of the lines pointing in opposite directions. Pull the end of one line down towards the center of the two, wrap it around both lines about 5 times, then pull the end through the loop and pull tight to secure. Repeat this step with the opposite line. Begin working the two knots together until they meet in the middle, pull tightly and trim off the tag ends.
These three bass fishing knots will help to ensure the bass you catch are more secure. You won’t have to worry about the knot coming loose and loosing the fish you hook. As a result, you’ll reel in more fish on any given fishing trip.
Always use good, quality fishing line. This will make it stronger and quality line is easier to tie. Take your time when tying knots to ensure you’re doing it correctly and that you pull it tight. Once the knot is tied, trim the tag ends close so they won’t be sticking out and getting in your way when fishing.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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