How to Tie a Leader to a Bimini Twist

How to Tie a Leader to a Bimini Twist
When targeting large, strong fish, it is important to get maximum strength from the line. A Bimini twist doubles the line and the strength for that section of line. Attaching a leader will then give the angler the best chance of landing those tough finned fighters. Using a barrel swivel between the Bimini twist and the leader will help prevent the line from twisting. This is especially important if reef fishing or deep jigging where the bait is traveling to deep depths. The uni-knot is an easily tied knot that delivers great strength.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Tie a Leader to a Bimini Twist

Things You’ll Need:
  • Barrel swivel
  • Leader line
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Run 8 to 10 inches of the doubled line through one end of the barrel swivel. Be sure to keep both legs of the doubled line tight for maximum strength. Reverse direction with the tag end and form a loop by pinching the tag end and the standing line at the swivel eyelet.
Step 2
Starting at the eyelet, make six twists around the loop with the tag end. Moisten the knot with saliva or water. Grasp the tag end with one hand and the standing line with the other.
Step 3
Slowly pull on the standing line while pulling on the tag end. The knot should begin to tighten. Switch from the tag end to the swivel and pull until the knot is tight. Ensure the knot is tight against the eyelet and that all loops are snug and resting against each other.
Step 4
Cut off a length of leader and run 8 to 10 inches of line through the opposite eyelet on the swivel. Following the instructions above, tie another uni-knot. Using the nail clippers, trim both tag ends 1/8 inch from the knots.
Step 5
Wind the knot above the Bimini twist through the rod guides when preparing to cast. Stop just before the swivel and cast as normal. The Bimini twist knot will pass smoothly through the rod guides.

Tips & Warnings

Refer to the Resources area of this article for instructions on how to tie a Bimini Twist

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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