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October 26, 2001

Bimini Plus

Create a tough shock leader using a modified Bimini twist knot.

Light-tackle anglers can always use a little cushion at the end of their main line to absorb shock during fights with fish. I've found a way to attach terminal tackle or heavy-mono shock leaders to main lines as light as 6-pound test.

Begin by tying a Bimini twist in the main line, forming at least 15 inches of double line. Cut the end of the loop, twist the two strands of mono together and tie an overhand at the end to keep them from unraveling.

Make an end loop by doubling the line and wrapping the tag end back toward the Bimini. The point at which you begin these wraps determines loop size. Wrap at least 3 inches, taking care to follow the "grain" of the line twists: Going against the grain makes the wraps bulky; going with the grain helps the tag end mesh with twists in the standing line. Tie off with a triple surgeon's knot and trim.

Loop-to-loop a heavy shock leader to the main-line end loop or attach a hook or snap swivel by threading the double line through the eye before wrapping the end loop. The "Bimini plus" connection has served me well when live-baiting leader-shy tuna and fly fishing for billfish.

Fred Contaoi
Western Guides and Outfitters
Modesto, California