While all fisherman know how to tie a knot, I feel it is often an overlooked aspect to bass fishing. We like to focus on the newest rods, reels, and baits only to quickly tie a knot without a second thought. Earlier this year I struggled with losing fish due to knot failures. This sent me on a trial and error journey to discovering new knots to use to help myself land more of the fish that I get to bite. Here are the two knots I tie the most as they cover nearly every situation I face on the water.
Braid Mainline to Leader; Alberto Knot
With all the rave lately surrounding the “FG” knot, I wanted to find a joining knot that was easier to tie yet remained strong and compact. The Alberto Knot is really the perfect knot. It has remained the strongest option I have used, it is fairly quick and easy to tie, and it is compact enough to come through your rod guides with ease.
- Make a loop with your leader material. Be sure to leave enough tag end to work with. It’s always good to have more than you need.
- Feed your braid mainline through the bottom of the loop, pulling several inches of tag end through and parallel to the leader.
- Wrap the mainline up and around the two strands of leader 8 times.
- Wrap the mainline back down and around the two strands of leader 8 times, working back toward the loop.
- Feed mainline back through the top of the loop.
- Cinch slowly, and tight, while keeping everything nice and neat.
- Trim tags as close to the knot as you can to allow it to come through reels guides smoothly.
All-Purpose Knot; San Diego Jam Knot
When I’m tying on any lure to any type of line, I am using the San Diego Jam Knot. The only exception to this is when I am flipping with a straight shank hook, I use a Snell Knot (look for this next week!). The San Diego Jam Knot is by far the easiest and strongest knot that I have found.
- Thread the tag end of your line through the eye of your bait/hook.
- Double up the line, parallel to each other, leaving 5-6” between your bait and where you are holding the line.
- Wrap tag end around doubled portion of line 7-8 times (7 for heavy fluorocarbon; 8 for anything else).
- Feed tag end through the top loop.
- Wet line, cinch tight.
- Trim tag end leaving 1/16th to 1/8th inch remaining.
With these two knots I am confident that I can land any fish that bites, and also know that if I don’t land the fish it was NOT due to a bad knot. Give them a try and let us know how they work for you! Be sure to find us on Facebook, Instagram, and on YouTube for regular content!