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Ask A Captain week 13 answers – Feeling knot-ical?

Feeling Knot-ical?  Searcher friend John Nielsen sure is!

He sent in the following question for our Searcher captains!

We often are told which knot is the best to use while live bait fishing.  I have been told that the Palomar knot is best by some captains and others claim that the San Diego knot is best.  Do the Searcher Captains have a favorite knot for monofilament connections?” – John N.

Well, John, its popularity practically clinched it the victory – and why “knot”?  This knot shares its name with Searcher’s home port!  It’s great with mono, fluoro and braided line! The San Diego Jam Knot is an official Searcher favorite!

Here are some of the very straightforward answers I got when I asked “Why is it your favorite knot?”

  • Because it is the best.
  • Because when it is tested against other knots, it always wins.
  • Because it never comes undone.
  • Because it is the most effective knot.
  • Because it is easy to tie.

The San Diego Jam Knot is the favorite knot of most of the captains I polled…

HOWEVER, there was one Searcher captain who went against the grain and chose the Improved Clinch.  

Think you know which Searcher captain it was?  Send in your guess by October 31 to for a BONUS CHANCE to win the October “Ask A Captain!” tackle swag package! 

How does “Ask A Captain” work?

Did you know? You can “Ask A Captain!” about anything, including tackle.  Want to hear an amazing fish story?  Send in a question to Captain Kenny!  Got a question about how we keep the laughter rolling on deck?  Ask Captain Ryan!  Wondering about Baja?  Inquire with Captain Art!  Need a tip from a gentleman farmer?  Query Captain Aaron!  Want to know how to achieve epic facial hair?  Ask Captain Joe for his secret!

Each individual who submits a question to our Searcher captains will be entered into a monthly drawing for a FREE tackle swag bag, courtesy of our generous sponsors. The next prize drawing will be held on October 31!

Submit your question via email to with “Ask A Captain!” in the subject line.  I’ll hunt down answers from our captains and post for all to see. Selected questions and answers will be posted every week on and Facebook.

What are you waiting for?  Send in your question before Oct. 31!  Good luck!

-Jen 🙂

Want to know how to tie the San Diego Jam Knot?

Here’s a quick how to:


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