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    Bimini Twist...who uses it/why?

    I've never really understood the purpose of using a bimini twist. As I understand it, the main purpose is to create a stronger looped connection in the main line for attaching a wind-on leader. It seems to me that the weakest part of a loop to loop connection is where the the two loops tighten on each other and one loop cuts through the other (which I've had happen). If there's only one line comprising the actual loop in a bimini how does that make it any stronger than a perfection loop? I've fished with some guys who I consider pretty knowledgeable as well as on a few charters and none of them used biminis. But I'm honestly open-minded and if I'm missing out on a trick I'd want to know about it. My current method is main line connected to a 20' +/- wind-on flouro leader using a uni-to-uni. A snap swivel at the end of the flouro leader (uni). Thanks in advance for any input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange&Blue View Post
    I've never really understood the purpose of using a bimini twist.
    Me neither. In for answers.
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    The bimini is considered a 100% double. Thus, you don't weaken the main line and have the double to use in the next knot, which might not be 100%. Your point about loop to loop is potentially valid, but there are ways to mitigate -- slip a sleeve of dacron on before closing your loop, for example. Also, if fishing long leaders (not wind on) then you can go to sunset once the double is on the reel.

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    If you doubled your main line with a bimini (or my preference spider hitch) and tied the uni with the doubled main line, you'd strengthen your current weakest component.

    Most common use of a double line that I've seen is a trolling setup where you'd double your main line prior to tying on the swivel. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen a serious offshore trolling setup that wasn't tied that way.

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    I use them on just about everything. In most cases to double the main line, then tie on a heavier leader. I either use a uni to uni or a Yucatán for the connection. Most of my rods are rigged at home, so the few minutes it takes to tie a good Bimini is no big deal. I can tie one pretty quick on the boat as well if need be. I will continue to use them till I see a knot failure, which I have not seen yet, using a Bimini or a Uni. Both are my go to knots.
    I should learn the spider hitch, but my theory is if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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    A spider hitch will break on itself under a lot of pressure - it’s very tough to put that much pressure on a fish without something breaking before the hitch, but to me, if you’re going to put it in the water, why would you settle for anything less than the best? A Bimini is more of a hassle but I’ve yet to see something better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reef Tank View Post
    If you doubled your main line with a bimini (or my preference spider hitch) and tied the uni with the doubled main line, you'd strengthen your current weakest component.
    Ah, that makes perfect sense. You sold me. Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks everyone for the input.

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    The BT has a couple of things going for it. For one thing, if you are fishing a tournament that only allows a certain line weight, the BT allows you to double up on the line for several feet & effectively make a heavier leader, without actually using heavier line. The wound up portion of that knot also acts as a shock absorber & further strengthens the overall set up.

    On the down side, it's kind of a big bulky knot & fish may notice it more easily than something like a Uni, Palomar, Albright, etc.

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    The first night I used a Bimini twist I got a jig hung in the inlet a figured it's gonna break, twenty minutes later I pulled In a bait bucket full of mud with a cast net and 5 xraps, that had looked like they had been on the bottom for 10 years. I am a believer in this knot.

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    The Bimini Twist is the only (read best) knot to use on saltwater gear (trolling, deep dropping, etc.) On light spinning gear, best knot (for braid to leader) would be the FG knot.
    They both can be terminated or 'set' with a minimum of a 4 turn mono (6 to 8 turn braid) finish knot. The half hitches that are described in the videos to finish the Bimini are useless and will fail.
    I've had spider hitch loop knots fail. I've also used a bristol (no name) knot to join the leader to the loop knot. It's a cool knot, but I've had them fail right AT the knot itself. So, I quit using the Bristol knot. So far, the Bimini can't be beat.
    You can also use both legs that make up the bimini loop, as a Uni going to either a swivel or as the other half of al Albright to a leader. There is a lot to be said about how to properly tie a Bimini. Can't explain it all here. The main thing, remove as much line (Braid) from the reel as you can before tying the Bimini. If you tie it with a short tag, you'll end up twisting a lot of braid over a short amount of line, not good. As for a cats paw connection. It's critical to properly wind it, as well as terminate the knot properly. If you are using Braid to Dacron loop connection, there needs to be at least 6 turns that make up the Cat's Paw connection. If the knot is not terminated properly, it will most certainly cut through the Dacron...
    I recommend RJ Boyle's videos. You'll need to join his 'crew' in order to view the videos, can't share them. But, well worth it.
    Good luck.
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