The most important thing in fishing is your fishing knot because it is the most stressed connection to the lure and to the fish. Whether an angler chooses to fish for bass with live bait or artificial bass lures, your fishing knot is the most important element to the process. A weak knot greatly reduces your chance of catching and landing bass.
So it’s important to not only know the fundamentals of good knot tying, but also a series of good knots that serve specific purposes and secure your bait or hook to your line in a manner that can withstand the abuse of not only the fish but the surrounding environment whether that be rocks, wood, metal or thick grass.
Four things will help you tie a stronger fishing knot:
- Tie linearly
- Moisten your line
- Pull slowly to tighten line
- Check pull strength on main line
Keep your wraps in order
Knots are generally slip knots or jam knots, both of which feature a series of twists or wraps and a tag end generally passed through a loop or opening and pulled tight. Pulling these wraps together requires not crossing them over one another. Crossed lines are what will cause most of your knot wear and breaks.
Wetter is better
It’s fairly straight forward, but things that are lubricated slide easier than things that are dry.
To avoid friction and wraps crossing, work the wraps down the line, slowly until they are lined up neatly next to each other. Then slowly apply pressure and cinch the knot but pulling on the tag end and mainline simultaneously until the knot feels snug.
Most avid anglers can tie a good knot in a matter of seconds, but you should always slow down on the tightening or cinching step to make sure your knot is neat and so you're not compromising the line with too much friction.
Pull on it to make sure
Once you have the knot tied down, grab your lure or hook in one hand the and the mainline in the other hand and give it a hard pull or two or maybe a sharp tug to ensure it’s solid and ready for fishing.
Read more advice on fishing knots here:
15 Knots Every Angler Should Know