Knots for tuna

It goes without saying that the quality of your fishing tackle and the preparation you make before your fishing trip plays a huge part in the success of your tuna-catching expedition. As the old saying goes, “To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail”.

A significant part of your preparation, both before you leave home, and then during the heat of battle on the boat, is the tying of your knots. Losing a fish because your skills are lacking makes what could have been a great day catching more tuna into one of missed opportunities. It’s bad enough seeing the one get away but it’s far worse knowing your slipshod preparation made it so. Tie your knots well.

The Basic Rules of Knot Preparation

• Practice makes perfect. You can never be too good at tying knots. It may mean in an emergency you need to tie a knot. The longer you take when fishing, the fewer fish you will catch. Become brilliant at tying knots.

• Less haste more speed. It’s not how fast you can tie a knot but how well. A badly tied knot will let you down

• Lubricate your knots using saliva or water or some proper lubricant before you tighten your knot. Heat friction is inevitable when a fish strikes and such friction undo your knot. Lubricate and tighten well.

• Be gentle but strong. Rough handling of knots is never good. Be gentle when drawing the line in and through loops. When the knot is finished, tighten firmly but gently. By treating your knot with respect it will in turn perform the job you have designed it to do.

• Second best is never best. Do not accept your handiwork unless it is perfect. Close enough is not good enough. If your knot is not perfect, discard it and start over. A line is only as strong as its weakest knot.

11 Responses to “Knots for tuna”

  1. Paula Black says:

    Fantastic article! How long have you been operating your website?

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