How to tie a Offshore Swivel Knot

The Offshore Swivel Knot is exceptionally strong – if one strand breaks, the other will probably hold regardless of the amount of stress on the knot! Often used in conjunction with a Bimini Twist Knot, it can also be used to attach a hook.

Commonly used by offshore fishermen to secure large swivels to heavy fishing line. However, it is also useful for tying lighter mono to a hook eye or the split ring of a lure. Moistening the knot wraps with saliva helps to tighten heavy, big-game line.

How to tie a Offshore Swivel Knot

  1. Form a section of double line using a Bimini Twist or Spider Hitch and insert the loop through one eye of the swivel.
  2. Bring the end of the loop back and pinch it to the standing part of the doubled line.
  3. Pass the swivel through both loops.
  4. Continue passing the swivel through both loops six or seven times.
  5. Grasp the swivel with pliers and begin tightening the knot by pulling on both standing parts of the doubled line with even tension. As the knot begins to tighten, push the wraps of the knot against the swivel with your fingers.
  6. The completed knot.

Video Instructions

Knot Tying Terminology

  • Butt: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • Tag or Tag End: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • Standing Part: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • Standing End: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • Working End: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • End: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • Tippet: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • Turns or Wraps: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • Overhand Knot: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)