Saltwater Fishing Knots

Now that you have mastered the best of the basic knots, it’s time to learn more about the best of the rest. Fishing knots for use in saltwater should always be tied properly to ensure the best saltwater fishing line strength possible. After all, you never know how big that next fish will be.

COMMON FISHING KNOTS

There are hundreds of saltwater fishing knots, these are some of the best fishing knots you can use:

  • Improved Clinch Knot: This type of knot is best for securing your line to a lure, swivel, clip or artificial fly.
  • Uni knot: This type of knot is easy to tie and very strong. It’s good for connecting line to lures, snaps or swivels.
  • Blood knot: This knot will join two similar pieces of line, but a bimini twist or an Albright knot is best for joining fishing lines of different diameters. Learn how to tie a dropper loop, and you’ll be able to tie your own bottom rigs.

Now that you have been introduced to a few more commonly used knots, you probably want to know the best knot for saltwater fishing. Truth is, the best knot for fishing (whether saltwater or freshwater) is the one that best solves your needs. For example, you will find many occasions to use a uni knot to connect lines to lures regardless of the salinity of the water.

And, as always, the best way to learn how to tie a fishing knot is practice, practice, practice. There really is no shortcut for this part of the process. Luckily, you can practice tying fishing knots almost anywhere. All you need is a piece of line. You’ll soon know the best knot for saltwater fishing based on your environment and needs.

SALTWATER SWIVELS, SNAPS AND CRIMPS

Saltwater fishing knots are often used for attaching swivels, snaps and crimps to the fishing line. These items are often the weakest links in the fishing chain. Choosing the correct connectors will strengthen the system. The best fishing swivels use ball bearings to turn freely and increase strength. The latest generation of fishing swivels is ultra small and very strong. Snap swivels are great for changing out lures or rigs without having to re-tie, but they are weaker than straight swivels. For heavy line (more than 100-pound test), metal crimps replace saltwater fishing knots. Fishing swivels and snaps are rated by pound test or size number; be sure that the size of the connector matches or exceeds the pound test of the line.

To learn about different types of saltwater fishing rigs visit our next section.