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Why do I get wind knots?

Dear Captain"During a cast too much line comes off and gets knotted. Could you suggest a solution for this problem?" Dear Captain "during-a-cast-too-much-line-comes-off-and-gets-knotted-could-you-suggest-a-solution-for-this-problem"

The common problem with braided line is the so-called wind-knot or air-knot. There are many causes for this. As you mentioned, one cause could be that there is too much braided line put on the spool. Another cause could be putting the braided line on incorrectly. Even the rod-and-reel that you use that might not be braid-friendly could cause more wind or air knots than usual. The Penn Battle 3000 and Rod is fine with braided line, which leads me to believe that it's something else. You already mentioned too much braided line on the spool. After removing some line, if you're still having the problem, try these solutions.

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Braided line is very thin, and the thinner the line the more likely to get wind and air knots. For example, try using 20-lb. braid instead of 10-lb. The 20-lb. braid still has the monofilament equivalent of six-pound test, so you will still get plenty of casting distance. Closing the bail by hand will eliminate some of your wind knots. Casting light or small lures have a tendency to cause more wind knots. So try lures that are a little bit heavier. Also, casting into the wind causes many braided line problems. So a side-cast works well when the wind is blowing directly at you.

Working jigs, because of reeling in the slack line causes some wind knots. Be cognizant when you're jigging that you do not get any loops or loose line on the spool while you are winding up the slack. I find the biggest cause of wind knots with braided line is the connection between braided line and your fluorocarbon leader. If you're like me, and use six-foot leaders or longer, the knot connection will go all the down your rod and through many of the eyes. So now when you cast, that knot will travel at a high rate of speed through the eyes and out the rod tip. If you tie a bulky knot or leave some tag ends on the knot it will catch one of the eyes and cause the braided line to backlash into a nest.

Sometimes if you let another angler use your fishing tackle and they have a tendency to reel against the drag, it will twist your braided line. This twisting will also cause some wind-knots when you’re casting. Lastly it could possibly be a bad batch of braided line which does happen. The solution is to change it out to newer line or even a different brand. Ohero braided line has been around a few years and provides a great braided line at a great price. You can buy it at most of the tackle shops in the Tampa Bay area. Tarpon Fishing Outfitters and Tampa Fishing Outfitters both carry a big selection of Ohero. They also have Captains on staff to help. Let them put the line on correctly.

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