Loop Knot VS. Snug Knot Comparison (Underwater Analysis)
What are the differences between the loop knot and the snug knot when tied to soft plastic lures?
Is there a noticeable difference in how the knots affect lure presentation underwater?
Take a look below as we analyze some underwater footage of both the loop and snug knots!
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Loop Knot VS. Snug Knot Comparison [VIDEO]
The snug knot used in this analysis is the Trilene knot.
When reeling in the jerk shad underwater with the snug knot, the lure bounces up and down in a casual darting motion.
It doesn’t have a “dance” to it or any sort of movement other than bouncing up and down.
You want erratic action out of a jerk shad with more movement.
The snug knot hinders the overall intended action of the jerk shad.
On the other hand, the loop knot does not constrict the eye of the hook or the lure as it moves in the water.
Using a twitching retrieve with slight pauses, the lure dances and portrays an erratic motion when reeling it in.
The lure itself has more freedom of motion as it darts up and down and side-to-side.
The first trial is a slow, straight retrieve of the paddletail tied onto the hook with a snug knot.
With the straightforward retrieve using a snug knot, there is a slight wobble of the lure as it swims in the water.
There is not much impact from the knot on the action of the lure.
When using a bouncing retrieve, the snug knot does restrict the lure more than a straight retrieve.
The tail of the lure restricts the action the most because it will keep the lure moving straight as opposed to the split-tail jerk shads that allow the lure to dive and dart.
Overall, the snug knot tied to a paddletail using a bouncing retrieve will be more up and down without much side-to-side movement.
If the paddletail is tied onto a hook with a loop knot, the lure still has a similar wobble to when it is tied on with a snug knot.
There are not any major differences in comparison between the two knots using a straight retrieve with the paddletail lure.
With regards to the bouncing retrieve, there is more of a visible difference between the two knots.
As with the jerk shad, the lure tends to fall in different directions because it has slightly more freedom of motion.
The kicking tail of the lure and freedom as a result of the loop knot lets the lure fall to different sides naturally.
A jerk shad is a lure with natural darting action and you want to maximize that action with a loop knot.
In the case of paddletail lures, the tail of the lure restricts some of the movement because of resistance when it swims.
This will cause the lure to move straight whether you are reeling it straight in or bouncing it up and down.
As a result, you can get away with using either a loop knot or a snug knot for a paddletail lure.
It comes down to personal preference and how you want to tie your lures on your hooks.
The loop knot will not hinder any presentation, but it will only enhance the action of lures.
With that in mind, something to be aware of is the loop knot is going to be weaker than a snug knot.
If you prefer a stronger knot as opposed to better action on your lure, then you want to go with a snug knot.
Knots and lure choice are important but what is even more critical is locating the fish.
Fishing knots are at the center of everything for an angler and play an important role in the presentation of a lure and subsequent fight between you and a fish.
The loop knot and snug knots of various kinds provide slightly different effects to your lures and can hinder or enhance the action of your lure in some cases.
Be sure to keep in mind what type of lure you are using and how you want it to be presented when determining what knot you will choose to use.
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