SUN STAFF WRITER
It seems that the fine art of tying knots has been
relegated to a place where hooks gather rust and cob
webs fill the holes of dusty guides. Its true
that you dont need a book of knots to tie on
a lure and catch a fish, but its an art that
can improve the likelihood of landing the fish of
a lifetime. And even if that lunker doesnt appear
for awhile, you can impress the hell out of your friends
and colleagues in the meantime.
It wasnt long ago that I dusted off my copy
of Practical Fishing Knots II by Mark Sosin and Lefty
Kreh, sat down with the tome of twisted line, and
began to practice some of the more "respected"
knots. Sure I could tie several knots, but it seemed
that my repertoire had been reduced to only a couple.
Once I decided to expand my knot knowledge, it didnt
take long to master a number of important knots. It
was amazing what I learned in an hour with a book,
a pair of clippers and a spare spool of line. A short
article isnt the place to instruct you on how
to tie these knots, but hopefully it will help to
inspire you to take the time to explore knot tying.
Here are a couple of the knots that youll find
useful in rigging for fishing in the gulf or the bay.