I wish to share some of my passion when I have little chance to fish, practicing my knots. There are many fishing knots we can learn from the net and from season anglers, many I am sure on this forum.
I start fishing at a very young age as I grew up in a village near the shore and paddy fields. The first knot I learn to tie mono to a hook by snelling a uni-knot I learned from my father.
Years later before the age of internet, when I venture into fishing away further from the shore. I notice that I know so little of the essential knots skills. I bought a book at a local angling shop written by an Aussie, I forgot the author though! That was the start of me learning more about fishing and anglers world.
There are many types of knots out there you can find from the net, but some I learn from the local fisherman whom swear on its effectiveness. Local fisherman do this everyday, so they knew better, practical knots as some times they have to do this on a rough sea. Some are so finesse a work of art.. you never can find in in the net. I wish I have some pics to share but maybe later when I can get some mono of different colour to demonstrate.
Ok, practically I normally use the strongest knots but easy to tie.
For tying a mono to a hook or swivel or an O ring, I preferred knots is the PALOMAR Knot... It is simple, strongest knot I knew and you can even do it in the dark (with the moon light of course). If you notice you will have "double" wrap of mono, which means the strength of the knots is doubled.
If I am using a braid to an O ring or swivel, I may finish the knots with a UNI-Knots... that is it... I don't use other knots now when I go fishing. I trust this knots 100% but make sure you do it clean without 'injuring' the mono line.
Now, for lure casting, plugging, popping and jigging my preferred is the FJ Knots if not FG knots... similar but not the same. the size both knots will be the same but not to over do it (knots must not to be long, max of 2-3 cm). You will have a smoother cast
The BIMINI TWIST being one of the earliest knots I learned, primarily for trolling the Big Mac or Rapala CD18. When the sea is rough, I switch to a Spider wraps (twist). The beauty of a Spider wraps, it is easy to do (again, even in the dark) and you can doubled the loops so double strength to joint the swivel. ( for serious fishing, I normally use ROSCO swivel).
When the target fish being the toothy fellows... I will use the FIGURE 8 to join the shock leader to a multi strand wire. Do not mistaken with the other FIGURE 8 you can find on the net... I can't find (yet) the one I am using from the net, maybe there is but I cant find it there... It a trick we learned from a season angler who is a sort of a legend for 'killing' the mighty King Mac and giant cudas... (live bait) when the fish being too sensitive to the environment, we change to a max of 30lb shock leader and 40lb(max) multi strand steel wire... and we need a SMALL and strong knot ... I find it difficult to draw it (a hopeless art student) ... but we got to meet-up to demonstrate... hehehe ... over a cuppa tea...
Thats is all for now... got to do my namaz...
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