Joined: July 2004
||Posted: Mar. 23 2007,20:28
I use the uni to uni a lot and it works very well. Do you know the uni loop knot variation? This will give your lures a more natural action, and requires no more knotfu than you already have. lol
I, too, started with the uniknot. My other favorite knot that might be better for your surf set up is to tie line to leader with an Albright Special. It isn't as bulky as the uni to uni, so it flows through the rod guides more easily. It does need to be tied with care. It is an excellent knot when your line and leader are of considerably different diameters. But do tie it carefully and pull hard on it to really tighten it down before use. Additionally, when using the Albright Special, I'll use almost 2 rod lengths of leader, since it flows through the guides so well. With fluorocarbon, this gives you more invisibility, and you can cut back the leader many times before needing to change it.
As to swivels, I'd say use them only when line twist is an issue, e.g., w/spoons, chunk baits, or when targeting jumping fish like spinner sharks and tarpon, who will totally make a mess of your rig with out a swivel. Otherwise, on average, a swivel, especially a bulky snap swivel close to the hook, will hurt your hookups. Again, that's on average. On a hot bite, I've had 20" yellowtail (usually very finicky about terminal tackle) devour a dead mullet on a 5/0 hook tied to 80lb mono! Which makes no sense except that the tails were hungry and the water was a bit cloudy. But when the fish are wary, lighter flouro leader, smaller hooks, and no swivels do help.