Long, non-slip double lines are a necessity when trolling for big billfish. Short versions are helpful and easy to tie. Here is how to tie a Bimini twist.
Time Required: 3 minutes
- Take about 4 yards of line from the reel, and sit down on a chair.
- Run the line under your shoes and up to your thighs. Take the tag end in one hand and the rod end in the other. You should feel like you are about to tie your legs and feet together.
- Hold both pieces of line in front of you and above your lap.
- With your knees together, twist the tag end of the line around the rod end about 10 or 12 times. You should now have a loop of line that goes under your shoes and is around both of your thighs, and closes at the twists above your lap.
- Take the tag end of the line in one hand, the rod end in the other, and simultaneously begin moving your knees apart as you move your arms apart. This will shorten and tighten the twists in the line in front of you.
- Continue this until the twists are extremely tight.
- Now begin to relax the tension on the hand that has the tag end. As you do so, continue the tension with your other arm and knees. Move the arm with the tag end down as the tension is released, The line will double back on itself and twist the other direction and down over the previous twists.
- Continue tension and tie two half hitches around one of the single lines at the bottom of the twist.
- Finish with two half hitches at the bottom of the twist around both lines.
- The length of the double line can be adjusted by adjusting the distance between your feet.
- Very long double lines can be tied with this method by using some innovation. Try placing the loop end of the line around a stationary object and then under your feet. The tension can still be acquired by spreading your knees.