ith all the options for fishing lines that bass fishermen have now, anglers are experimenting with the knots
they use. They want to use the best possible knot for any given presentation. The right knot allows a lure to
perform at its best and gives an angler confidence that it will be strong and hold tight as they battle a bass to the boat. Here we look at four different types of fishing lines, and the corresponding knot I use for that line.
MONOFILAMENT LINE: IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT
There are still a few situations in which I like to use a monofilament line. Certain times when I’m fishing a vibrating jig, I like the stretch mono has when a bass strikes or when I want to keep a shallow running crankbait up in the water column, as mono floats. Lastly, sometimes bass are weary of a braided line when fishing topwater plugs, so I’ll revert to mono in those cases as well.
Since mono is not as abrasion-resistant as a fluorocarbon line, I like the Improved Clinch Knot for these situations. This knot doesn’t put as much stress on the line when tying the knot.
By putting the line through the bottom and then the top loop, the cinching is improved so the knot won’t slip as easily. Like any fishing knot, it is so important to wet your line when you cinch the knot down to reduce the heat and friction created.
The next time you are tying on your favorite lure, keep in mind what type of fishing line you are using and the importance of the knot you choose. After all, it is the vital connection between a great day on the water and just a fish story!