Australian Plait or Australian Braid
The Australian braid is a strong knot for forming a loop in heavy monofilament. It is commonly used in preference to a Bimini twist in areas where Australian crews have influenced angling techniques. Big game anglers use it to form a double line to which the leader is attached. IGFA Angling rules allow a double line up to 30 feet and this can allow extra pressure to be applied to a big blue marlin or bluefin tuna once a few turns of double line are wound onto the reel. Alternative knots which can be used are the the Bimini twist or the Spider hitch for light tackle applications.
1″ – 1.5″ for 6 lb and under
2″ for 8 lb to 12 lb
3″ for 16 lb to 20 lb
6″ for 30 lb
8″ for 50 lb and above
a: To end the knot, form a loop with the loose end and continue to plait. Remember……tightly.