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Adventures Begin with a Knot at Code Red Fishing Charters

Fishing adventures begins with a knot. Whether joining sections of fishing line or tying a hook to the line, Code Red Fishing Charters has the right fishing knot for the occasion.


The palomar knot is a popular knot for tying a hook, lure, snap or swivel to a line. It’s a good choice of knots for all types of light fishing lines.

  • Fold your line in half at the end, doubling it.

  • Push the folded loop of the line through the eye of your hook.

  • Loop it like an overhand knot.

  • Slide the loop over the end of the hook.

  • Tug the line to pull it taut.

  • If necessary, trim off the excess.


Code Red Fishing Charters prefers the improved clinch knot when tying a hook to a line. Whether you are using monofilament, fluorocarbon or superlines, it's quick and easy to tie, and has great strength for catching redfish.

  • Begin by threading the eye of your hook, like threading a needle.

  • Wrap the line around itself about six times, coiling it around the line in the direction away from the hook.

  • Bring the end back down towards the hook.

  • Thread the loose end of the line through the loop near the eye of the hook, creating a loose loop with the line.

  • Thread the end of the line back inside the loose loop.

  • Pull the ends taut, until the loose coil binds tight near the hook.

  • If necessary, cut any line that is loose and hanging in the way.


If you are tying a hook or fly to a leader, you need to know how to tie a turle knot.

  • Thread the line through the eye of the hook.

  • Tie a loose double knot at the end.

  • Bring the hook through the loop.

  • Pull the line and hook in opposite directions until the loop tightens near the eye.


When you need a loop at the end of the line, tie a double surgeon’s loop.

  • Fold over the end of the line to make a double line.

  • Tie a single overhand knot.

  • Thread the loop through the hole of the knot once more.

  • Moisten the knot and pull it tight.


When you need to join two sections of line together, you need a blood knot. Tying a blood knot can demand a significant amount of dexterity in your fingertips. However, a blood knot maintains the integrity and strength needed to fight redfish at the end of the line.

  • Line up the ends of the line for a few inches.

  • Wrap one line around the other about six times, creating a coil around the line.

  • Repeat this step with the other line, by wrapping the second line around the first about six times.

  • Pull the loose ends together until they meet at the middle point between the lines.

  • Thread the ends through the loop that was created between the two lines at the middle point.

  • Pull each line tight to create a tight knot.


When you need to attach a wire line to a monofilament, this knot will come in handy.

  • Fold the wire line back over itself a few inches to create a bend at the end of the line.

  • Slip your monofilament line through the open end of the bend.

  • Wrap it around the end of the bend one time.

  • Wrap the monofilament about seven or eight times around both lines.

  • Slip the end of the monofilament back through the bend, crossing over the strand of monofilament at the closed end of the bend.

  • Pull it tight.


When attaching a line to a leader loop or a snelled hook, a tucked sheet bend is the knot to use.

  • Slip the end of the line through the loop.

  • Make a simple sheet bend knot.

  • Slip the end of the line back through the loop.

  • Pull it tight until it’s snug.


When Code Red Fishing Charters is fishing for redfish at Mosquito Lagoon and needs to attach a hook to monofilament, snelling a hook is the knot of choice.

  • Thread the end of the line through the eye of the hook twice, without pulling it tight, and creating a loop equal to the size of the hook.

  • Create tight coils by wrapping the line around the hook and over the loop about ten times.

  • Hold the coil while pulling the line until the loop slips beneath the coils tightly.


Join Captain Matt Lee on the water, and learn how to tie fishing knots while catching redfish and spotted seatrout. Climb aboard a skiff at Code Red Fishing Charters for an all-inclusive inshore fishing adventure in the skinny waters of Mosquito Lagoon! Call Captain Matt Lee at (386) 214-3530!

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