Offshore Step-by-Step Fishing Knots

Offshore Step-by-Step Fishing Knots
The further off-shore you fish and the deeper you drop your line to the bottom, the higher your potential is for a large game catch. Many game fish are either bottom dwellers or prefer to swim low depths in open water. When rigging a heavy-action set-up, tie on hooks, lures and swivels using an off-shore fishing knot strong enough to stand up against tugging and pulling from large game fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Improved Clinch Knot

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing reel
  • Fishing hooks
  • Fishing bait
Step 1
Thread the mainline through the eyelet of the hook. Double-back and wrap the free end of the mainline around the standing line, say five or six times. Press the coils close together after you finish the last turn.
Step 2
Pass the free end of the line through the first loop---which is opposite the hook eyelet and then pull it back through the larger loop that formed when you passed the line through the first loop.
Step 3
Wet the tag end of the line with saliva or a damp cloth and pull the knot closed. Press the coils tightly together for a strong, snug knot.
Step 4
Cut excess line using fishing line cutters.

Palomar Knot

Step 1
Thread the tag end of the fishing line through the eyelet of the hook, which is located at the end of the hook shaft.
Step 2
Double-back and pull the tag end back through the eyelet to form a loop on one side of the hook.
Step 3
Thread the two pieces of line extending from the other side of the hook back through the eyelet.
Step 4
Tie an overhand knot using the loop and the two lines, but instead of closing the knot, leave the loop open.
Step 5
Push the hook through the loop. Close the knot and cut away excess line.

Tips & Warnings

Fishing line cutters are available at fishing tackle stores.
Keep your fishing line taut to avoid tangles along the line.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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