25 TOP SKIP­PERS’ FAVES

I asked these char­ter cap­tains and guides how they choose to con­nect a braid main line to a flu­oro or mono leader. Here’s what they said:

Sport Fishing - - THE KNOTS -

RICH ADLER

(Singer Is­land, Flor­ida, tu­nawa­hoo.com) Al­bright for light braid, FG for heavy braid Com­ment: Al­bright is fast; never had one fail.

AN­TO­NIO “TUBA” AMARAL

(Canavieiras, Brazil; face­book.com/an­to­nio.amaral.507) Bobbin knot

RICHARD AN­DREWS

(North Carolina; tarpamguide.com)

Dou­ble uni for light braid. For heavy braid, Bris­tol, with a spi­der hitch to cre­ate a loop in the braid.

DAVID BA­CON

(Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia; wave­walker.com) Re­verse Al­bright Com­ment: We have tried many other knots, but we al­ways come back to the re­verse Al­bright.

KEVIN BEACH (Venice, Louisiana; mg­fish­ing.com) Mod­i­fied re­verse Al­bright MARK BEN­NETT

(En­gle­wood, Flor­ida; tar­pon­snook.com) Dou­ble uni, with a spi­der hitch to cre­ate a loop in the braid Com­ment: I find the spi­der hitch [with braid] tends to hold up bet­ter than a Bi­mini.

BRIAN CLANCY (Oak Hill, Flor­ida; mosquito­la­goon­fish­camp.com) Dou­ble uni ROB DELPH

(Key West, Flor­ida; we­fishkey­west.com) FG and mod­i­fied slim beauty Com­ment: FG is the strong­est, best knot.

BRENT GASKILL

(Gulf­port, Flor­ida; sum­mer­va­ca­tion­char­ters.com) Bris­tol (Yu­catan), with a five-turn over­hand knot to cre­ate a loop in the braid

PAUL HOBBY

(Fort My­ers, Flor­ida; fish­inghobby.com) Dou­ble uni, first dou­bling the braid

NED KIT­TREDGE

(Dart­mouth, Mas­sachusetts; watchout­fish.com) Dou­ble uni

DAVE KOSTYO

(Mi­ami, Flor­ida; knot­nancy.com)

Sin­gle uni and clinch knot, with a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid

DA­MON MCKNIGHT

(Venice, Louisiana; su­per­strikechar­ters.com) Dou­ble uni Com­ment: I’ve caught ev­ery­thing from 3-pound red­fish to 500-pound blue mar­lin us­ing this con­nec­tion; I can tie it quickly, and it works ev­ery time. Also, I like it be­cause if you don’t tie it cor­rectly, it’s ob­vi­ous.

JOHN MCMUR­RAY

(New York, New York; ny­cfly­fish­ing.com) Blood knot for lighter braid (first dou­bling the braid), slim beauty for heav­ier braid

RICK MUR­PHY

(Flor­ida City, Flor­ida; sports­man­sad­ven­tures.com) Dou­ble uni, with a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid

TONY MUR­PHY

(Key West, Flor­ida; keylimey.com)

Blood knot for lighter braid; Al­bright for heav­ier

TOMMY PELLEGRIN

(Houma, Louisiana; cus­tom­char­ter­sllc.com) Al­bright

JA­SON PIPE

(Ca­nary Is­lands; blue­mar­lin­gomera.com) FG Com­ment: A Ja­panese client showed this to me in 2004, and I’ve used it ever since.

MIKE ROY

(Old Say­brook, Con­necti­cut; reel­castchar­ters.com) FG (at home) or dou­ble uni (on the wa­ter, first dou­bling the braid)

SCOTT SIMP­SON

(Long Beach, Mis­sis­sippi; cap­tain­scottsimp­son.com) Dou­ble uni

BOUNCER SMITH

(Mi­ami, Flor­ida; capt­bouncer.com) Dou­ble uni

JA­SON STOCK

(Holmes Beach, Flor­ida; jm­snookykayakchar­ters.com)

Dou­ble uni or three sur­geon’s for lighter braid; Bris­tol, with a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid, for heav­ier braid)

WIL­LIAM TONEY

(Ho­mosassa, Flor­ida; ho­mosas­sain­shore­fish­ing.com) Four to five sur­geon’s for lighter braid; for heav­ier braid, same knot but us­ing a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid Com­ment: It’s a quick, strong knot that gets my clients back to fish­ing. I’ve never had this knot fail.

TOM VAN HORN

(Chu­lu­ota, Flor­ida; irl-fish­ing.com)

Dou­ble uni, us­ing a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid

STEVE ZERNIA

(Se­ward, Alaska; profish-n-sea.com) Im­proved Al­bright, us­ing a Bi­mini twist to cre­ate a loop in the braid

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