How to Tie the Perfect Bimini Twist in 1 Min
WATCH: SA provincial angler Michael Joubert shows his super-easy 1-minute bimini twist knot
Start with half a metre and do 25 twists on mono. Young Southern Gauteng angler Michael Joubert shares his super-easy technique for tying the perfect bimini twist knot in under a minute in our fishing tips feature:
WHAT IS A BIMINI TWIST?
The bimini twist is a knot that helps you create a strong loop at the end of your line to make a double-line leader. The loop sits at the end of a long barrel of coiled line that you create while tying the knot (the twist part) and is itself stronger than your actual line – this is one of the rare knot types that doesn’t damage or weaken your line.
Now, old anglers will say you need somewhere between 20 and 60 twists for this knot, depending on your line. And Michael shows how to do an excellent bimini twist using 25 knots.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Since you’re creating a very strong loop at the end of the line, it’s great for tying on your leader. Or even for connecting your lines loop-to-loop. You’ll definitely use it when offshore trolling or sportfishing for sure.
WATCH: HOW TO DO A BIMINI TWIST
What are you doing to keep yourself busy during the lock down? Here is South Gauteng angler Micheal Joubert making a bimini twist….. Can you do it too? Show us your videos in the comments.
Posted by South African Deep Sea Angling Association on Wednesday, 1 April 2020
ABOUT MICHAEL JOUBERT
Michael is a provincial SA angler with the Southern Gauteng Deep Sea Angling Association (SGDSAA) who knows a thing or two about game fishing. You might remember him best as part of the SGDSAA junior team who took fourth place at the 2016 Junior Nationals. Or you might recall that he was awarded as the top junior angler at the Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Festival back in 2017 at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR BIMINI TWIST BE?
Most guys say you do around 20–30 twists with nylon mono line, starting with about 30cm of doubled line and doing your twists and pulling it in until you have a neat series of twists. For spectra-type braided line, they say you can start with as many as 60 twists.
Michael keeps his bimini short, starting off with about half a meter’s worth of doubled line and then doing 25 twists with mono.
HOW DO YOU FINISH YOUR BIMINI TWIST?
Now, the purpose of finishing up your bimini twist is to secure the twists and keep the knot from coming apart. So most guys say you just hitch the thread between the “legs” of the knot/loop and then do a reverse knot pulling up into the twists – like a reverse unit pulled up tight back into the bimini.
Michael however just creates his 25 twists and secures it with a granny knot before doing a 7 flag around both legs, holding onto the knot at twit-end and then unwinding the flag loop at the bottom before pulling the whole thing super tight. Then all that remains is to cut the tag end off neatly, and he has an awesome-looking bimini twist.
Well done, Michael!
ABOUT THESE #NAUTITIPS
This fishing tips video is courtesy of the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA) who, during March and April 2020 invited anglers from around the country to share their angling video tips. We’ll be releasing more every week. But you can also go and see the originals when you follow and share SADSAA’s Facebook page.
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