Six must-have knots for predator fishing


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There are a few essential knots that every predator fisherman should know how to tie.

Here are the Six must-have knots for predator fishing. These knots will help you to securely rig your lures and baits, and ensure that you can land the fish you're after.

The six must-have knots are the uni knot, the surgeon's knot, the Palomar knot, the improved cinch knot, the snell knot, and the San Diego jam knot.

Six must-have knots for predator fishing

There is no one-size-fits-all knot for all needs, just as there is no one-size-fits-all lure for all fish. According to Tobias Norf, in order to achieve good results in spinning fishing, it is necessary to know six knots, which he will not present in this article.

Predator fishing is a type of fishing where the angler uses a lure or bait to target a specific type of fish. The most common predators that are targeted by anglers are bass, pike, and muskie. There are many different techniques that can be used when predator fishing, and the type of knot that is used can be critical to the success of the angler. In this article, we will discuss the different types of knots that are commonly used for predator fishing, as well as how to tie them.

Greener knot - the universal weapon

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If you want to spin fish, you must be able to tie the Griner knot. Whenever the fiber needs to be tied to a lug or axle, this knot is a perfect choice.

For example, I use a Grinner to tie a swivel to a braided lead. With braids, I always try initially (unlike the presented scheme) to pass the fiber twice through the ear of the swivel. I also do at least eight coils. These measures prevent unraveling even with the smoothest fibers. Griner is also a perfect fit for fluorocarbon, which is stiffer than normal monofilament. If I want to tie a swivel or lure to the lead, I make a Grinner with up to five coils. Important: wet the knot to tighten the rigid fluorocarbon well.

Double Grinner - no-fuss compound

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Many anglers tie the monofilament or fluorocarbon line directly to the braided main fiber. On longer leads, it is important that the line passes through the guides without snagging. The Double Grinner takes care of just that and both ways.

The knot passes freely through the guides both when casting and winding the fiber. Also, unlike other knots, this one is extremely easy to make and connects fibers of different diameters without problems. For thin braided fibers, you can add a few extra turns. The double Griner is tied in the same way as the regular one - only in this case, we make two knots.

Rapala knot - for more movement

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Sometimes carabiners get in the way. Small and sensitive lures, such as mini wobblers for example, lose their freedom of play in the presence of additional weight. Also, when the water is crystal clear, the carabiner will have a more intimidating effect.

The solution: simply tie the lure directly to the monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. It could be done with a Griner and many other knots, but it works best with a Rapala knot as it gives the lure the freedom it needs to move. Especially small wobblers have a significantly better game. With the big ones, it doesn't really matter that much. Those who prefer streamer fishing, whether with a spinning rod or a fly, will also need to tie their fly with a Rapala knot. And suddenly the streamer, which otherwise floats on the water like a stick, begins to move.

Knot Eight - for a healthy club

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In predator fishing, fluorocarbon is increasingly becoming the lead material of choice. But he also has his quirks. Not only is it stiff, but it loses its durability very quickly when tied incorrectly. To change lures faster, use leads via a small swivel to the main line.

To do this, the lead must have a club at one end, which I do in figure eight. This knot is more suitable for fluorocarbon than the standard club knot where the fiber is pressed harder.

Palomar knot - not just for drop shot

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Anyone who wants to fish with a drop shot mount must master the Palomar knot. This knot holds the hook at right angles to the lead and thus helps guide the lure perfectly. The hook fits especially well when we pass the yarn through its eye once more (steps 5 and 6). Then the knot slides into the ear and securely locks the hook. Something many people don't know: Palomar also works great when tying hooks and swivels to braided fibers. Then we just need to save steps 5 and 6.

Tips for nodes

With all knots, we must make sure that the tightening is done evenly and that the coils always stand tightly next to each other. Never tighten the knots suddenly, do it slowly. Pre-moisten the coils with saliva to reduce friction. The knot is easier to tighten and less heat is generated that would damage the fiber.

You can burn the cut end of the knot with a lighter. In this way, a thickening will be obtained, which will serve as additional insurance in case the knot starts to unravel. It won't hurt you to do so! Many manufacturers, in the field of carp fishing, offer small tools with holes, bushings or metal studs - for example, Korda's Pulla and Chod it, as well as the Multi-Pull from the Shimano family. The small tools with which we can insert hooks and clubs make it easier to tighten the knots and check their strength. If something in the knot doesn't feel right, cut it off and make a new one! The phrase "It will hold out" has cost many people a lot of fish.

Predator fishing involves using a fishing line and lure to catch fish. The most common predators are bass, pike, and walleye. Predator fishing is a fun and exciting way to catch fish. It requires the use of a fishing line and lure, and the most common predators are bass, pike, and walleye.