- Black sea bass have dangerously sharp spines on their dorsal fin that can puncture human skin.
- The all-tackle world record for black sea bass is 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
- When hooked in deep water and brought quickly to the surface, a black sea bass will often regurgitate its stomach contents.
Blood Knot—Used to connect two lines of relatively similar diameter. Especially popular for joining sections of monofilament in making tapered fly leaders.
1. Wrap one strand around the other at least four times, and run the end into the fork thus formed.
2. Make the same number of turns, in the opposite direction, with the second strand, and run its end through the opening in the middle of the knot, in the direction opposite that of the first strand.
3. Hold the two ends so they do not slop (some anglers use their teeth). Pull the standing part of both strands in opposite directions, tightening the knot.
4. Tighten securely, clip of the ends, and the knot is complete. If you want to tie on a dropper fly, leave one of these ends about 6 to 8 inches long.
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Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot —Excellent for joining two lines of greatly different diameter, such as a heavy monofilament shock leader and a light leader tippet.
1. Double a sufficient length of the lighter line, wrap it around the standing part of the heavier line at least five times, and run the end of the doubled line into the “fork” thus formed.
2. Wrap the heavier line around the standing part of the doubled lighter line three times, in the opposite direction, and run the end of the heavier line into the opening, in the direction opposite that of the end of the doubled line.
3. Holding the two ends to keep them from slipping, pull the standing parts of the two lines in opposite directions. Tighten the knot completely, using your fingernails to push the loops together if necessary, and clip off the ends.
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Trilene Knot—Used in joining line to swivels, snaps, hooks and artificial lures, the Trilene Knot is a strong, all-purpose knot that resists slippage and premature failures. It is easy to tie and retains 85-90 percent of the original line strength. The double wrap of monofilament line through the eyelet provides a protective cushion for added safety.
1. Run the end of the line through the eye of the hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time.
2. Loop around the standing part of the line five or six times.
3. Thread the tag end back between the eye and the coils as shown.
4. Pull up tight and trim the tag end.
Perfection Loop Knot—Used to make a loop in the end of line or leader.
1. Make one turn around the line and hold the crossing point with thumb and forefinger (Drawing 1).
2. Make a second turn around the crossing point, and bring the end around and between loops A and B (Drawing 2).
3. Run loop B through loop A (Drawing 3).
4. Pull upward on loop B, (Drawing 4) tightening the knot (Drawing 5).