Aboard the Ringleader, a 63 foot Weaver, Capt. Scott Walker gets ready for the last day of this trip. Mexico has been good to the crew with amazing food like Scott's Tuna Salad (Click Here for his awesome recipe) local treats and some of the best fishing in the World.
When you watch a professional do something, they do it with practiced perfection. It could be anything...watch how a stone mason who has been doing his craft since he was 20 builds something. It looks easy, smooth and effortless. Watch how a professional golfer hits a chip shot, an artist draw a quick sketch...anything.
Why does it look easy? That is a very simple answer. It looks easy because it is done with absolute practiced perfection. What you are watching is muscle memory and fine tuned, refined techniques to get the absolute best results.
Fishing knots are no different than any of the other skills I mentioned above. They require practice, lots of it. When you do practice, your hands begin to move more efficiently and the knots get tied very quickly.
The Haywire Twist is a very easy knot to tie. We use it anytime we are going to connect a swivel or hook to solid wire to prevent the toothy fish from cutting out line. As a charter Captain and commercial fisherman in Key West, Steve Rodger fishes for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cero Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, and Sharks. Each of these fish will go through heavy fluorocarbon leader in seconds so he uses solid wire alot.
This video is one of my favorites because it not only goes through the knot and shows you how to twist a few up, but the video goes further and shows you how fast a professional fisherman should be able to tie a Haywire Twist.
Watch how Steve's hands move and I believe that you will be able to tie them faster yourself. Also notice how each one is identical to the next.
Practice, Practice, Practice
It is hard to argue with Scott Walker's success rate. His knots are strong, his tackle is meticulously rigged and cared for and his boat is impeccable.
When Scott says something works, it is best to listen. You see, Scott doesn't take anyone's word for things that work. He begins a process of testing and retesting until he is satisfied. My experience with Scott is that his process takes alot longer than others and involves alot more testing.
When you get on Scott's boat, every rod looks exactly the same. Every leader is the same length and every knot is exactly the same. This is no accident nor is it an OCD Captain gone crazy. Scott has found precisely what works and replicates it every time.
His go-to knot for tying on a hook is the snell knot.
Check out the way he ties it here:
Last week we saw Scott Walker change his Swordfish rod over to a rig to pull a 60 pound dredge for Marlin fishing and he taught us how to properly make a crimp. Today, we see him rig his hook baits in a 4 step process.
Of all the Captains I have ever fished with, Capt. Scott Walker has always impressed me with the way he prepares his tackle. It is meticulously rigged with great concentration to details and it all looks exactly the same. Scott has found what works for him and he does not deviate from the winning formula. The result is success in tournaments and success for his anglers.
Scott goes through the way he rigs his hook baits for Blue Marlin step by step in an easy to follow instructional video. Notice how he doesnt fully rig 1 bait at a time, rather, he gets everything ready, measured and perfect and then starts to rig the baits.
Check out this video:
As the seasons change, our gear must also change. Scott Walker is taking his Swordfish rod and converting it to a rig for pulling a dredge for Blue Marlin. The dredge that he will pull is very heavy and resistant. The tackle has to be strong to simply pull it all day but also has to be strong enough to withstand (hopefully) many attacks on the dredge through the day.
One of the changes that has to occur is to cut the terminal end off the Swordfish tackle and crimp a swivel onto the end of the line with a thimble and protector.
Scott goes step by step through the process of making this crimp and shows you precisely how to crimp for maximum strength and durability. Of course, there are tons of other uses for a crimp beyond pulling a dredge and Scott's instructions apply anywhere you may need a super strong crimp.
Check it out here: