How to tie the Baja Knot. The Baja Knot is actually a Perfection Loop with a hook tied into the loop. The Perfection Loop is most commonly used to form a loop at the end of a line. It is very effective for making loop-to-loop connections and can be tied very small if needed. However, a hook or other terminal tackle can be easily tied into the knot as is commonly done by the Mexican panga skippers which is how the "Baja Knot" got its name. This knot works well in heavy mono – even in up to one hundred-plus pound leader! It is quick and easy to tie and has proven very reliable. Once learned, the tying of the knot is simplicity itself. The directions in the accompanying diagram will guide you through its tying. After tying the knot it is necessary to secure the hook or lure (in the side of the boat or on a cleat) and pull the standing line very firmly to set the knot in heavy mono. Once pulled tight, this knot will not slip. Note that the hook actually hangs from a non-slip loop. This is a benefit when using live bait, streamer type flies or swimming lures, as the free swing hook allows for a more natural bait behavior.
Scroll to see Animated Baja Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.
Baja Knot Tying Instructions
- Form a loop several inches from the end of the line. This is the largest of three loops which make up the knot. Slide a hook to the base of the loop and let it hang freely while tying the rest of the knot.
- Run the free end of the line across the front of the first loop and behind the running line to make the second loop. Pinch between thumb and fore finger and pull tag end until this loop is considerably smaller than the first.
- Repeat last step to make the loop but make it medium size. Now slide the hook to the top of its loop. Pass hook over middle loop and under top loop. Draw knot up semi tight.
- Secure hook with pliers or to boat rail and pull standing line hard to tighten down in heavy mono. This knot will not slip.