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The Cat’s Paw, otherwise known as the Offshore swivel knot is used to connect a snap swivel to a double line. Note that it can only be used when the double line has a complete loop. If the double has been cut to remove a previous Cat’s Paw, use an Improved clinch knot.

1) Thread the double through the eye of the swivel. Place the rod in a rod holder. This is necessary as the last step requires tension to tie this knot properly.

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2) Rotate the swivel through the loop.

3 loops for greater then 50 lb line

4 loops for lines between 30 lb and 50 lb

5 loops for line between 12 lb and 30 lb

6 loops for line less than 12 lbs

3) Apply steady pressure so the loops begin to tighten, ensuring that both legs are equal and all twists are removed. By placing the rod in a rod holder this process is made easier. Lubricate with saliva and pull firmly so the loops tighten snugly up against the swivel.

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Always remember to test all knots before fishing

Good Fishing!

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