How To Fix Line Twist
Do you know how to prevent line twist, or fix it? If not, then this will definitely help. Bass pro Aaron Martens explains how he avoids and fixes line twists - a unique approach!
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Line twists on a drop shot or some other type rigs. A lot of time, if you're fishing with me you'll notice that I always check my knot. Real quick, even when I'm just going to cast it I'll kind of glance at it. My eyes are still pretty good, but I'll look to see the position of the knot. If the knot is on the side of the eye, the hook is going to want to twist with the bait.
Whenever my knot gets stuck off to the side, and those knots I told you about, the uni is a really good one because it pulls really tight. You can cinch it down, it's a cinch, so the harder you pull the mainline the harder the knot gets. So it doesn't tend to move as much. So on a jig or something, it doesn't move. So that's why I like that knot, too. But I just make sure the line and the knot is off to the center of the eye, and that will keep your line twist down a little bit.
And then, when you notice I hook a bait, I just barely hook it. Instead of going through a 1/4 inch or even a 1/8 inch, I do a 1/16th maybe. Just pin it. You won't lose, you might lose a few more baits but that will keep your line twist down. Plus you'll get better action out of it too. I can show you some different ways of rigging plastics.
Wacky rigging a worm is almost no line twist. I do that a lot. It slows your rate of fall down, but out here you probably want that, the clear water. But I wacky rig a lot and I tend to go more toward the fatter end of the worm than the skinnier end. And you can do both. I kind of go back and forth, depending on what kind of action you want. But that, when you reel it up, doesn't twist your line. You don't get line twists wacky rigging.
But if you do get line twists, which I do, no matter what I do, I take the worm off, make sure your knot's straight, just have the knot, the line of your knot straight off your hook, the eye of the hook, make sure everything's nice and straight and cast it out. Instead of dragging it behind the boat, which is a pain, I just kind of hold it with as many fingers as I can and hold the rod against your stomach and I just reel as hard as I can with the rod tip in the water. And that will push all the twist out. It usually takes, one cast you can get a bunch of it out. They'll spin real hard and usually when it gets to the boat about six feet off the tip of your rod just hold it up. It'll twist, it'll just spin.
If it's really bad you can do it again and by the time, if you did it the third time it's normally gone. You do it and it just sits there and all your twist is gone. At Eerie and stuff I notice I might do that five, six times a day but a total it might take me a couple minutes, a minute to do it, to fix my line. I don't like the leaders and swivels. I don't like them to braid the fluorocarbon. I don't like the way it feels. I like straight fluoro, it's just smoother and the way it falls and pendulums down. I like it to, I like it the way it is. I tried it and I do that, I did braid to fluorocarbon a lot, but not with a drop shot. Any other questions about that?
Q: How do you tie the hook on in your drop shot?
With the uni? I do a uni double. You've got to double it though, to do the drop shot, right? You guys, know the knot? Because if you did a single you're gonna have a tag end really long, that's hard to get the line. But if you double you take your loops, I'll show you later. But the uni, I do a uni knot, uni slip. Most slip knots will have three tag ends, they'll have three so it's really strong.