We have 9 Knots & Rigs video tutorials that show you how to tie a host of different knots and rigs. In the videos we also give a quick overview about; how difficult it is to tie each knot (easy, medium or hard), the application of the knot (if it joins leader or if it is used to fix a hook or lure) and what line class works with each knot.
In these videos we show a range of different knots as they are all good and some anglers prefer to use a specific knot over another one. In this article I want to share with you my favourites and why I use them.
Bimini Twist with Fusion Knot – Leader Knot
Purpose: Murray Cod & Golden Perch
Line Class: above 20lb
This is a knot you probably have never heard of and I haven’t met anyone else using this knot. It was shown to me many years ago by a fishing mentor and since then it is my go to knot. I use this on my heavier gear when targeting Murray Cod and Golden Perch, especially when using a baitcaster. You can tie this knot when using any line class above 20lb and it works well when running a 30-40lb braid to a 40-50lb leader.
It isn’t the easiest knot to tie and takes a fair bit of practise. Spend a bit of time to learn this knot – its well worth the effort. There are three key steps in tying this knot and it does take time to tie. So it is probably a knot that is better off being tied before you head out on your fishing trip.
When tied correctly it creates a flawless connection. I’ve struggled to even snap snagged lures off and I’ve never been busted off using this knot.
Double Uni Knot – Leader Knot
Purpose: Golden Perch, Bass, Trout, Redfin, Carp
Line Class: under 20lb
The Double Uni Knot is a commonly used knot around the world. This is my go to connection when tying any lighter gauge lines; 4lb for trout or anything up to 20lb for yellas. It is also a very simple knot and doesn’t take long to tie at all.
Loop Knot – Fixing to Lure
Purpose: for lures with an action
Line Class: All
This is a knot that every angler should know how to tie and should be used on a regular basis. The loop knot is used when tying your line to a lure (a lure with a swimming action). To explain in more depth: many lures have an action and this knot doesn’t restrict this action. It is also a very strong knot and can be used with all line classes.
Use this knot for any of these lure types:
- Diving Hard Body/Bibbed Lure
- Lipless Crankbaits
- Plastics (when you want your plastic to produce more action)
Blood Knot & Improved/Locked Blood Knot – Fixing Knot
Purpose: for attaching lures and hooks
Blood Knot: over 30lb
Improved/Locked Blood Knot: below 30lb
This is a good old favourite and would be the most common and most used fishing knot. It’s a simple, quick and easy knot but still reliable. It was probably one of the first knots you were ever taught when growing up. It is used for almost every application when you want to fix a hook, swivel or a lure. This is the knot we use to tie on our spinnerbaits.
There is a slight difference between the Blood Knot and the Improved Blood Knot. They both follow the same steps except for the Improved Blood Knot has an extra step at the end which creates a more secure knot. Now the reason we don’t use this knot for the heavier line class is because this extra step can be difficult. By this I mean the knot doesn’t tie up properly and therefore the Blood Knot is a better choice.
When tying all different style and types of knots it’s imperative that you lubricate. All you need to do is put a bit of spit on the line and it will reduce the friction. If you don’t protect your line by lubricating it, you can cause a friction burn when pulling the knot tight which will weaken your line. You can usually see if you have burnt the line as it was become deformed and warped just above the knot. If this happens, retie the knot.
Re-tie a frayed leader:
It is extremely important to constantly check your leader during a day’s fishing. It may be something that you never thought of but your leader will rub up against all kinds of unforgiving structure beneath the water and this causes your leader to wear. If you have a frayed section along your leader and you hook onto a big fish – there is a high chance the leader will give way. This is especially true when fishing with lighter gauge lines (10lb and less). It only takes a leader to be rubbed on a rock once to weaken a light leader.
Whenever you land a fish you should check your leader before you resume casting. Especially with Murray Cod as their teeth can fray the leader although all fish can cause damage to the leader as they can take you around rocks and into structure that will damage your line.
Trolling in impoundments for natives is a form of fishing that really destroys leaders. Sometimes during a night session trolling for Murray Cod you will have to retie your leader more than once because it becomes so damaged from the rocks. Always feel your line and make sure it isn’t damaged. If it is, cut off the damaged section and tie the lure back on.
If you want to learn how to tie these knots or any other make sure you check out the ‘Knots & Rigs Video Tutorials’ to watch full demonstrations.