Thats the number of current IGFA world records caught on Ande lines.  With a record like that, it’s hard to question the quality that is obviously wound into every spool of Ande line

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Ande offers 7 of the finest monofilament lines including Tournament grade, Premium, Back Country, Monster, Fluorocarbon and Ghost.  These, along with the leader material give us all the options we need for any angling situation.

In nearly EVERY situation, we use a leader of some sort.  More times than not, it is Ande Fluorocarbon leader.  To attach your running line to the leader, we prefer an Albright special knot.  This knot provides a very very small profile to slide through guides and slide through the water as well.  Fish have good eyesight.  A bulky knot can tip a fish of that something ain’t quit right.  The Albright should be tied with the running line--which is the smaller diameter (the blue line in the photos), and the loop end should be the leader (the grey line in the photos).

We prefer Ande Back Country because of the deep blue color.  Whether it’s clear water in Mosquito Lagoon, or the chocolate milk waters of the LA delta, the Back Country just seems to be either invisible or just natural to the fish and they just don’t see it.

For knots, there are a couple of things we suggest.  We always wrap our spinning spools with a couple of wraps of electrical tape.  We do this for two reasons.  First of which is simply to keep line use at a minimum.  Most reels hold 300 plus yards of light line and that is really overkill for most all of our inshore situations.  Secondly, even with mono, there can be some spool slippage.  We connect the line to the spool with a Uniknot / Fisherman’s knot.  This is a great knot for line to lure and line to hook, and it works equally well when attaching to the spool.  As the line is pulled down tight it actually tightens down on the spool tighter and reduced the possibility of slippage even further.

The knot we use to attach the terminal tackle varies from bait to bait, and may change with the situation.  But, for 90% of what our personal techniques call for, there are just two knots that fit most of our needs.  Again, the UniKnot / Fisherman’s knot.  This knot snugs down tight.  it does not allow for a lot of wiggle or slop in the line to lure connection.  “But isn’t some movement what you want?”  Not in alot of cases.  For example, when using a popping cork, if i have loose knots on either swivel of the corks’ wire, it allows the line to flop a round and can more easily loop itself around the swivel.  I’m sure you’ve experienced that.  Once a light line--6 or 8 pound test, has kinked around a swivel you gotta retie.  If you don’t, I can almost guarantee that I will show up to the tournament scales with a toad, and you will have a story of the one that got away.  I also use a tight know on most hard plastics for the same reason.  The stiffer connection keeps my line from slopping around and hanging on hooks. 

For instances where really do need some wiggle room (literally), we use the good ol’ loop knot.  Loose swimming soft plastic, jig heads and bucktails are good examples of when we use the loop knot.

Click Knots by Grog.  http://www.animatedknots.com/albright/index.phphttp://www.animatedknots.com/duncan/index.php?Categ=fishing&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.comshapeimage_2_link_0
Click Knots by Grog.  http://www.animatedknots.com/duncan/index.php?Categ=fishing&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.comhttp://www.animatedknots.com/duncan/index.php?Categ=fishing&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.comshapeimage_3_link_0

I’ve included links to the knots we use, from Knots by Grog.  This guy is awesome with his descriptions and images of knots.  He’s a knot rock star.