Fishing Knots

Tying the Baja Knot for Fresh Bait Fishing

The Baja Knot is a popular option for many fisherman. It allows the bait to look natural while it is on the hook. This will attract many fish to the bait without raising a caution flag. Fishing is not about just getting the bait in the water. It is about knowing how to catch a fish with the proper bait and technique.

Another name for this type of knot is the Perfection Loop. This is because the hook is secured in the look and can move on the fishing line. It is very commonly used by fisherman, because it is held securely and will allow fisherman to use loop-to-loop connections so that more hooks can be added to the line.

This knot got its name because it was first used by the Mexican Panga Skippers. There are a lot of different fisherman that are using this knot. It works well for very large fish that will break most of the other knots. 
 
Step 1:
The first step in tying this knot is to form a loop with the line. Make this loop the largest of the three that will be formed in these steps. The hook should be slid onto this loop and be allowed to hang free. It will be set firmly in the following steps. 
 

Step 2:
The free end of the line should be ran in front of the first loop, but behind the line in order to form the second loop of this knot. Pinch the lines between the thumb and forefinger firmly while pulling the line until the loop is quite a bit smaller than the first loop. 

Step 3:
The next step will include the same steps as was performed to make the second loop, but this loop should be medium sized. The hook needs to be slid to the top of the first loop. The hook should be passed over the middle loop but over the top loop. Now draw the line securely, but not too tight.

Step 4:
The last step will include securing the hook and line, so that it can be pulled tightly. This can be done using pliers or the boat rail. There may be other options available to fisherman that are using this knot also. This is a very important step and can affect the reliability of it.
 

Our Take:

The Baja Knot can be tied quickly after it is mastered.
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.