Saltwater Fishing Knots You've Never Heard Of

By Debbie Hanson

Dec 16, 2016

Ready to boost your knowledge of saltwater fishing knots? Check out this list of knots that you may not have heard about, but are worth learning to tie!

There are those saltwater fishing knots that you've either tied hundreds of times or have at least heard of; such as the non-slip loop knot, the improved clinch knot, and the uni knot. However, there are also some saltwater knots that may not have made it onto your knot-tying radar yet. Check out these five noteworthy, but perhaps unfamiliar, saltwater fishing knots that are worth learning how to tie.

 Alberto Knot. This line-to-line connecting knot is named after legendary surfcaster Alberto Knie. Also known as the Modified Albright Knot, it is useful for tying fishing lines of different diameters, such as fluorocarbon or mono leader to braided fishing line. Learn how to tie the Alberto Knot.

•  Spider Hitch Knot. While the Spider Hitch may not be as popular as the Bimini Twist, many anglers consider it to be faster and easier to tie. Since this knot forms a double line, the Spider Hitch is a good knot to use when fishing with heavier hooks or leaders. Learn how to tie the Spider Hitch Knot.

•  Slim Beauty Knot. The Slim Beauty Knot is another one of the lesser-known fishing knots that is used for joining lines of different diameters or materials. Saltwater tarpon anglers frequently use this knot because it's strong and fairly easy to tie. Learn how to tie the Slim Beauty Knot.

 San Diego Jam Knot. The San Diego Jam is a terminal knot that is particularly useful for securing heavy lures or jigs to your leader. Anglers off the coast of California started using this knot as a reliable way to tie on hefty tuna jigs. There are four simple steps involved in tying a San Diego Jam Knot, so it's a fast and easy knot to learn. 

 World's Fair Knot. Another easy-to-tie terminal tackle knot for connecting your fishing line to a swivel or lure. The World's Fair Knot was appropriately named after being introduced at the Knoxville World's Fair in 1982. 

Since you now have a few new saltwater fishing knots that you can use the next time you cast a line out into the ocean, don't forget to make sure your saltwater fishing license is up-to-date. Practicing new fishing knots, fishing gear maintenance, and renewing your fishing license are all great things to do when you have some spare time this winter.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.