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Bimini Twist, Offshore Fishing Knot

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Welcome to The FinTalk Fishing Knots details page for tying the Bimini Twist. Follow the directions step by step and practice tying any particular knot over and over until you have it mastered. Learn it and practice it so when you are faced with changing lures or rigs in the middle of a hot bite you can quickly tie your knot and get your line back in the water. Sometimes the bite is only on for a little while so getting caught up with tying and re-tying rigs can cost valuable fish time. Remember not only should you be able to tie your knot fairly quick but you should be able to tie your fishing knot properly fairly quick. Nothing is worse than having what you know was a big daddy fish and losing him only to wind up your line to see your knot failed. It is enough to ruin your day, especially if the fishing is slow. So enjoy learning to tie these knots and for more detailed instructions check out "Fishing Knots and Rigs' by Geoff Wilson.

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Ever wondered how to attach a leader to your main line properly or tie a Bimini Twist?.. Then take a look at this book "The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs" written by Geoff Wilson. The book offers an extensive list of knots and rigs which have been brilliantly illustrated by master angler Geoff Wilson. To read information for the knot on this page and many other useful knots and rigs we strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of ' The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs'

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     KNOT TERMINOLOGY :   

  • BUTT: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • TAG or TAG END: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • STANDING PART: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • STANDING END: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • WORKING END: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • END: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • TIPPET: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • TURNS or WRAPS: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • OVERHAND KNOT: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)

KNOT NAME: Bimini Twist Fishing Knot
KNOT DESCRIPTION:

Used primarily for offshore trolling and double-line leaders. A bimini twist creates a long loop of line which is stronger than the the line itself. A Bimini twist is a simple method of doubling your fishing line in order to prevent chafing or to create the necessary loop in order to attach a wind-on leader. A short Bimini twist (up to five feet) can easily be accomplished by one person. To tie a Bimini twist longer than five feet takes two people, although it could be done alone with a lot of practice. This knot is a 100% knot, meaning, it retains 100% or the original strength of the line being used.

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Knot Instructions

STEP 1. Measure a little more than twice the length you will want for the double-line. Bring end back to standing line and hold together. Rotate end of loop 18 - 23 times, by twisting it.

STEP 2. Slowly spread the loop to slide twists together about 10" below tag end. You want to spread the lines evenly, keeping the same angle on each side, so they do not wrap on top on one another. Step both feet through loop and bring it up around knees so pressure can be placed on column of twists by spreading knees your apart. It is easiest to learn the knot with two people so one person can hold and spread the lines while the other person ties the knot. Bimini twists over 5 feet long really need two people to tie properly, unless you have 8' legs!

STEP 3. With twists now snug together, hold standing line in one hand with tension just slightly off the vertical position. With other hand, move tag end to position at right angle to twists. Keeping tension on loop with knees, gradually ease tension of tag end so it will roll over the column of twists, beginning just below the upper twist. (as the line continues to spread apart the tag end will wrap back down over top of the twists.)

STEP 4. Spread legs apart slowly to maintain pressure on loop. Steer tag end into a tight spiral coil as it continues to roll over the twisted line. It take a practice, but avoid the twists jumping back over top. The twists should lay side by side and coil down nicely as shown to the right.

STEP 5. When spiral of tag end has rolled over column of twists, continue keeping knee pressure on loop and pinch the end of knot to keep it from unraveling. Put a finger in crotch of line where loop joins knot to prevent slippage of last turn. Now make a simple half-hitch with tag end around nearest leg of loop and pull up tight.

STEP 6. With half-hitch holding knot, release knee pressure but keep loop stretched. Using remaining tag end, take half-hitch around both legs of loop, but do not pull tight.

STEP 7. Make 2-3 more turns with the tag end around both legs of the loop, winding inside the bend of line formed by the loose half-hitch and toward the knot. Pull tag end slowly, forcing the loops to form in a spiral.

STEP 8. Moisten spirals and pull loops tight against main knot. Leave about 1/4" of a tag end when trimming. Keep practicing, it takes some time, but is a great knot worth the effort.

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