How to Tie a Reliable Bimini Twist Knot

How to Tie a Reliable Bimini Twist Knot

The Bimini twist is a popular and strong fishing knot used by anglers when offshore fishing. This knot creates a double line that you can use to attach leaders, lures, or hooks.

The main benefit of the Bimini twist is that it retains nearly 100% of the line's original strength when tied properly. This makes it one of the strongest fishing knots you can tie.

While it may look complicated at first, the Bimini twist is actually pretty easy to tie once you get the hang of it. With a bit of practice, any angler can master this useful saltwater fishing knot.

Bimini Twist Step-By-Step Instructions

Follow these steps to tie your own Bimini twist:

Step 1: Take about 3-4 feet of fishing line and double it over to create a loop. Make sure to leave a long tag end about 12-18 inches long. This tag end will be important later.

Step 2: Take the end of the loop and twist it over itself about 20-25 times. This will cause the line to twist up on itself. Hold the tag end securely between two fingers so it doesn’t unravel.

Step 3: Slip the loop under your shoe. This gives you something to pull against.

Step 4: Place your finger inside the top of the loop, then push up to condense the twists. Next, place the loop over your knee. The base of the loop will still be under your shoe, while the top of the loop will rest over your knee with the twisted line positioned above your knee.

Step 5: Hold the tag end in one hand and the line going to the reel in the other hand. Pull them to the side in opposite direction, which will condense the twist towards your knee.

Step 6: Pull up on the line to the reel while giving some slack to the tag end. This will cause the tag end to wrap around the twisted line. Continue this process until the tag end covers all of the twisted line.

Step 7: Make a half hitch over one leg of the loop with the tag end and pull tight. Make another half hitch over the other leg of the line and pull tight.

Step 8: Bring both legs of the loop together. With the tag end, do a three turn Uni Knot over both legs of the loop. Pull the tag end tight to finish the knot.

Step 9: Trim the tag end close to the knot.

When you're done, you'll have a strong yet slim double line ready to attach leaders, lures, or hooks.

Bimini Twist Knot

Tips for Tying the Bimini Twist Right

  • Make about 20-25 twists in step 2. Too few twists, and the knot will not be reliable.
  • Keep tension on the tag end and line to the reel when condensing the twists. This ensures they stack neatly.
  • Make sure the half hitches and final wraps are pulled tight. A loose knot will fail under pressure.
  • Leave at least 12 to 18 inches of tag end in step 1. This gives you enough line to work with when finishing the knot.
  • Trim the tag end close to the knot to reduce bulk and avoid tangling.

Benefits of the Bimini Twist

There are several key benefits that make the Bimini twist a top choice for offshore anglers:

Extremely High Strength - Properly tied, it retains almost 100% of the line's original strength. This makes it one of the strongest knots out there.
Smooth Running - The slim profile easily slides through rod guides without hanging up.
Doubles Line - Creates a stronger double line perfect for attaching leader and hooks.
Flexible - The double line has more stretch than a single line, helping fight hard pulling fish.
Easy to Inspect - You can easily check the knot for flaws before relying on it with big fish.

Potential Drawbacks of the Bimini Twist

Difficult to Untie - The knot's extreme strength also makes it hard to untie. Cut it off when changing rigs or lines.
Bulkier Than Some Knots - It has a larger profile than simple knots like the improved clinch knot.
Takes Practice - Expect to tie this knot several times before getting it right. But the effort is worth it.

When to Use the Bimini Twist

The Bimini twist is ideal for:

Offshore Fishing: Gamefish like tuna and marlin require either heavier or lighter line than your mainline.
Attaching Heavy Leader: The doubled line easily accommodates 30lb test and higher leaders with another knot called the Albright.
Long Casts: The smooth profile won't hang up on the guides when casting far.
Trolling Spreads: attach a snap swivel to the double line making it easy to attach lures with leaders.

While a bit tricky at first, the Bimini twist knot is well worth learning. Follow these steps and tips, and with a little practice you'll be tying this super strong knot with confidence.

Author’s profile: Coty Perry

As a third-generation angler and the Managing Editor of Anglers, he possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor activities. He frequently enjoys fishing and camping outings with his wife and children.