Tying the Right Knot for Line Type by Glenn Walker, Page 3

Tying the Right Knot for Line Type by Glenn Walker, Page 3

Spring 2023



Like many bass fishermen, Bass Pro Tour Pro Luke Clausen relied on tying the Palomar Knot for years. But following his fi Pro Tour, Luke reevaluated his knot choice when using Seaguar Fluorocarbon. “Halfway through the year, I was leading in pena majority were from my line breaking as I would boat flip a bass into the boat and grab the line.”

What Luke came to realize is that although the Palomar Knot is strong, it does NOT handle shock well. That shock could be from boat flipping a bass and grabbing the line, as in Luke’s example. “I went to the Double Line San Diego Jam Knot, and now I have no iss grabbing the line, even if I’m using 8- or 10-lb-test.

The reason this knot does well is that the line is doubled over itself twice and then cinching it down. This results in an extremely handle the shock of a rock-hard hook set, or the landing of a bass by grabbing the line.




Many bass fishermen prefer to tie the FG Knot when fishing a braid to fluorocarbon leader, but there are other options that deliver high-quality performance as well. I am “knot handicapped,” and even with a winter of practice, mastering the FG Knot still eludes me. So, my knot choice for connecting my Seaguar Smackdown braid to a Seaguar Gold Label Fluorocarbon Leader is the Alberto Knot.

This is the knot I’ll use when I’m fishing a spinning setup with a jig worm, or wacky-rigged Senko, that has my main line as 20-lb Smackdown High Viz Green braided line connected to a 10-lb Seaguar Gold Label Fluorocarbon leader.

The key with this knot is to get the braided line to wrap over the fluorocarbon line eight times on the way down, and then 10 times on the way back up. This provides a solid connection that will hold up to a hard-fighting bass. To achieve greater casting distance, you’ll want to make sure you trim the two tag ends as close to the knot as possible.