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The Essential Saltwater Fishing Knots You Should Know!

Below you will find a few of the most common and effective saltwater fishing knots that you need to know.   While there are many more complicated fishing knots the knots we have illustrated are some of the easiest for you to master and remember.   

If you have a poor memory save this page on your phone and you always have a handy illustration available.

The Palomar Knot

- One of the strongest saltwater fishing knots for attaching lures or hooks.   Works well for the new braided fishing lines.
B)  Tie a simple loop knot in your line keeping it loose at this point with no twisting of the line if you can avoid it.
C) Pull the loop on the end of the line back over the hook or jig.  The loop should be completely over the hook ending around the eyelet of the hook or jig.
D)  Pull gently on both the loose end and attached line to tighten.   Trim the loose end to desired length and that's all there is.  

The Uni-Knot

-  Another very strong saltwater fishing knot for tying a hook, swivel or jig head.  This knot is best used with monofilament leaders.   The palomar or braid knot would be a better choice for braided lines.
A)  Thread the fishing line through the eyelet and run the loose end parallel to the attached line.
C) Pull the loose end until the knot is very lightly snug.
D) Grab the hook or jig and pull gently on the line until the knot is  tight.   (moisten line before tightening)

The Blood Knot -

  Good fishing knot for tying two lines together of similar thickness and type.

A)  The blood knot is a very simple knot to tie as you can see by the illustration.
Saltwater Fishing Knot

Palomar Knot

Saltwater Fishing Knot
A) Put a small loop in your line and pass the loop through the hook eyelet.

The Improved Clinch Knot

-  The improved clinch knot is a staple of many experienced anglers and also a very reliable fishing knot.  

The Braid Knot

- This knot is one of the better knots for tying fish hooks, swivels, lures or jig heads when you are using any of the newer braided fishing lines.

The braid knot works especially well for the most slippery braided lines such as Fireline or Spiderwire.

Best Knots for Tying Two Lines Together

Braid to Leader Knot

-  The Youcatan knot is one of the strongest and best choice of knots if you are tying a monofilament leader to braided fishing line.
Hook or swivel to Mono Leader
Braided Line to Mono Leader
Mono Line to Mono Leader
Hook or Swivel to Braided Line

Improved Clinch Knot

Uni Knot

Braid Knot

Youcatan Knot

Double Uni Knot

Double Uni Knot

Blood Knot

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The Double Uni Knot

-  Great knot choice for tying braided fishing line to a monofilament leader.

Bimini Twist - Video

Saltwater Fishing Knot

The Bimini Twist

- The bimini twist is one of the strongest knots there is.   It can be a little intimidating at first but with a little practice it will become your best option for large saltwater fish such as Tarpon or Sharks.  One of the best knots for braided fishing line.
The few knots we will mention are all you need to know to get you by if you are a saltwater fisherman.

One important note, whenever you are tying a knot of any kind you should use a little saliva before tightning to help reduce any friction & chaffing.
2nd uni knot
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Finished Knot
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Clinch Knot
Clinch knot
Clinch knot
Works best for tying on hooks, swivels, etc using monofilament line.   Not the best knot choice if you are using braided line.
Double uni knot illustration
Saltwater fishing knot
Wet line & gently pull until snug.
The double uni knot
Bood knot illustration
Saltwater fishing knot the blood knot
The blood knot
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Finished Knot
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Step 2
B) Pinch the line with your thumb and forefinger three or four inches up from the hook.  Create a loop with the loose end of the line and run the end through the loop six or seven times.
Saltwater fishing palomar knot
Palomar knot illustrated
Saltwater fishing knot - the palomar knot
Palomar knot
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Thread a double loop of line through the eyelet.
Loop line around the tag end
and main line eight times.
Thread the loop between the eyelet and coiled loops.
Trim the tag end and also the double loop end leaving about a quarter inch.
Step 4
The braid knot
braid knot illustration
The braid knot
The braid knot
Youcatan fishing knot
Wrap the double braid five or six times around the leader if using a mono leader and 10 to 12 times if using a braided leader.
Youcatan Knot
Step 1
Youcatan knot illustrated
Pull both lines until the knot is snug and trim both tag ends to about a 1/4 inch.
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Step 2
Finished Knot
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Double uni knot
Uni knot
Uni knot
Saltwater uni knot
Step 3
The saltwater fishing knots we list all have distinct advantages depending on your fishing application.   You will choose what's best for your situation.
Double Uni Knot
Double uni knot
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