Just wanted to get some input on how to prevent wind knots from occurring. I noticed that the last 2 tuna popping trips this occurred on my casts. I was using a tuna sniper rod 40-60, Stella 20k FA, and tuftline plus 80lb test. I believe my problem lied in the 1 or a combination of the following things: 1. The tuftline that I was using seemed a little on the light side, the diameter was pretty wide and a bit hollow, and maybe the slick on the line had something to do with it too. I've used this on conventional reels and absolutely loved it. 2. My connection from braided to mono, although I used a mid-knot and glued it with zap-a-gap and uv knot sense, it still went through the guides a bit rough. I believe the uv know sense also may have not cured fully or I might have put too much to cover up the mono and it cracked off. 3. My inability to "cock" the rod and give it pressure before I casted. The capt. was saying I was not giving it enough elastic sling shot, but I noticed that many times when I got a wind knot it would be when I was casting with the wind. 4. Having a longer leader material, I noticed that when I triggered on the braided I was having more wind knots. When I triggered on the mono leader I was having less. 5. Casting direction with, against wind 6. Having a heavier popper 7. Jerking the popper and retrieving the line sequence, which may have made for a looser/ tighter spooling, may have also led to borrowing of the line, causing inconsistent flow through the guides. On the contrary I am an avid surf fisherman and have never came across this type of problems which lies my dilemma. Any suggestion on line, or technique, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.