A twisted fish line is a common problem that plagues anglers. The lure or bait which constantly twists in the air or water usually causes the twisting in the main fishing line. If ignored, these twists will eventually become knots that will jam on your spool or rod guides. A meticulous angler can employ several ways to avoid these annoying tangles.
1. Use a good fishing swivel.
Fishing swivels offer two advantages to the angler. They make it easier for the fisherman to change and attach lures and they also lessen the twisting caused by lures or baited hooks. The pivoting joint in a swivel keeps the twisting only within the terminal tackle because it swings freely with the lure or bait. It also helps untwist the line when you reel it in. Most fishing swivels are either barrel shaped or make use of ball-bearings in their pivoting joint. Barrel swivels are the least expensive but don't help much to prevent twisting because strong pressure on the line can stop the pivot joint from freely swing. Most anglers recommend ball-bearing swivels because such a design still keeps the pivot swinging despite pressure on the line. This is particularly useful if you're after big game fish as these types of fish can really put up a fight and mess up your line.
2. Use only quality fishing lines.
The cheaper fishing lines are usually stiff and this decreased flexibility makes it more prone to twisting. It can happen sometimes that your line gets so tangled that your only option is to cut it, making that piece practically unusable. You might think that using cheaper fishing lines saves you money but in the long run it will actually cost you more. Some keen anglers bring along fresh extra spools for back up to sidestep the need to immediately untangle the twisted line and save time.
3. Take good care of your line while fishing.
You should steer clear from tree branches and other water or shoreline debris to avoid snagging your fishing line. If this unfortunate incident should occur, put down your rod and cut the line near the lure but don't let go of the other part where the lure is attached. You can retrieve your lure by pulling on this cut off part or untangling the lure itself. If the lure can't be recovered at least you've saved the majority of your main line. Pulling at a snagged line will only damage and twist it.
Whether you're trolling or doing cast and retrieve, the risk of a twisted line is always there. Knowing how to prevent or at least minimize this problem can save the fishing trip from turning into a disaster.