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Old 05-01-2002, 09:37 PM
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Most of my fishing is inshore or nearshore using 8# or 12# line. A lot of the time I tie directly to a swivel or lure with a improved clinch knot. My thought is that on the occasion that I'm going after the bigger fish such as Jack Crevalle, shark, etc. it would be better to use a double line on the main such as a Bimini twist or spider hitch. I can tie the spider hitch with no problem and have been practicing on the bimini for a few days, even when/if I get good at tying the bimini I wonder if it's worth the effort compared to the spider hitch.
I'm not sure what is the best way to connect this double line to the leader either. Improved clinch knot to a swivel? Blood knot? Bristol knot? I'm not really concerned about being able to reel the leader up into the rod guides so the swivel remains an option.
Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Old 05-01-2002, 10:00 PM
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Default Bimini twist verses Spider hitch

With mono, a bimini is stronger. But with braid, I believe a spider hitch is best.

Tie the double line to the swivel with a uni knot or improved clinch. With heavy mono like 50# an offshore swivel knot works well.
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Old 05-01-2002, 11:59 PM
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Personally I'd use a Bimini for mono AND/OR braid lines. It always gives close to 100% regardless of type of line. With mono the Bimini and Spider are pretty close in breaking strength; but with braid the spider will actually break significantly lower than the bimini. As with ANY knot tying if you don't tie it correctly all bets are off as to the breaking strength. Well, if you're having trouble with the bimini I can't recommend the blood knot.

Personally I tie my bimini to a wind-on leader with a loop-to-loop or to a snap swivel with an offshore swivel knot. Then attach your leader/lure to the snap.
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Old 05-02-2002, 01:02 PM
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Default Bimini twist verses Spider hitch

I try to keep in simple. Fishing anything from 30# and under, I use a spider hitch. Above that, go with a bimini twist.
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Old 05-03-2002, 09:55 AM
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Default Bimini twist verses Spider hitch

Make life really simple. I use a surgeonj's knot with multiple turns in it. The heavier the mono, the fewer the turns. Tie it, cinch it up, drop a dab of superglue and be done with it. You can tie that up standing on your head if you have too. PW Oh yeah, I have NEVER had the knot fail.
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Old 05-03-2002, 12:51 PM
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had always heard that spider hitch is not nearly as strong as a bimini and should be retied after bringing in a fish.
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Old 05-03-2002, 03:24 PM
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Well I dont know about as strong... allthough i suspect the breaking strength might be a little less.... Never heard to re-tie.. in fact just stripped a reel that had had a Spider hitch in it for probably the best part of a year....connecting a wind on... caught many many fish on that rig... no problems whatsoever.....
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