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Proven line doubling methods

June 12, 2015
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON (captgeorget3@aol.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Creating a doubled line at the end of your main line before adding your leader is accomplished by multiple methods. But why would you create a doubled line in the first place?

Most pros would say its purpose is to absorb the shock of a hard hitting fish, especially when using lighter line. Others say its "break-off insurance."

Often, anglers using doubled lines will boat a fish with one strand of the doubled line broken due to scale/tail/obstruction abrasions during the fight. This is a fish that would not have been caught in a standard single line set-up.

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Capt. George Tunison

Here are a few time proven methods for line doubling.

Hardest knot to master is the classic Bimini Twist which has been used forever in light to heavy tackle saltwater fishing.

The Bimini is bewildering to tie at first, but practice makes perfect. The Bimini is considered the best all-around knot for doubling the end of your main line.

Another method illustrated in the book, "Baits Rigs and Tackle" by Vic Dunaway, to tie a shortcut method of the Bimini is by simply cutting off a length of your main line. Double it and tie the ends together with a simple single overhand knot. Double a length of your main line as well then tie the two lines together with the back-to-back Uni-knot. Trim away excess.

Another knot used to create a double line is the Spider Hitch. Easy to tie but considered by many to not be as reliable over a prolonged fight with large game fish. Others use it with complete success.

Now that you've doubled your main line it's time to attach your mono leader to it.

You can use the b-to-b Uni again to attach lighter doubled lines to single strand heavy leader material.

Another choice is the No-Name Knot when tying heavy leaders to main doubled lines. Four or five twists around the main line and back through and you're done.

A doubled main line using a Spider Hitch attached to my leader using the easy to tie No-Name has been my standard tarpon and big game set up for years with zero issues.

Learning the Uni-Knot system is easy and has many applications in all forms of angling.

A great tool for newbies to knot tying, along with the fumbled finger XXX-glove wearing, and like me sight challenged, is the "Tie-Fast Knot-Tyer" (available in most local bait and tackle stores)

This ingenious little tool makes simple line-to-leader connections with "factory perfect" knots that do not break along with nail knots for fly types, snelling hooks, making fly leaders, etc. At $10 it's a great tool that will guarantee your knot tying to be always reliable. Also comes in a much larger size as well for working with larger diameter lines and leader materials.

Talk about beginner's luck! Visitor Roy Wilson of London on his first trip to the good old USA and Florida, and first saltwater fishing trip aboard Flying Fins, not only fought and cleanly released twin tarpon (both over the 100-pound mark) near Captiva Pass, but casted to, fought and finally caught a bonus 28-pound cobia spotted swimming on top in Charlotte Harbor on our way back to the dock.

Before that his catch list consisted solely of 3-6 pound English carp caught match fishing with 15-foot match rods rigged with electric bite alarms bells.

This time of year try and keep a rigged medium-heavy spinning outfit ready with a 12-inch plastic eel or large colorful bucktail that you can quickly grab and fire a cast to these curious cobia that often swim on top, sometimes right up to your boat and, to the untrained eye, look like sharks.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or captgeorget3@aol.com, or www.flyingfinssportfishing.com.

 
 
 

 

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