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Old 09-22-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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Do you use snap swivels to terminate your lines? I use black snaps to make it easier to change lures when I'm fishing artificial, and I wanted to ask is this a good idea.

I'm starting to think it may be better to take the extra 2 mins and just tie directly to the line instead of using a swivel.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:33 AM   #2
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yeah i dont have very good luck with them. They always end up breaking lol.
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I have found that I catch more fish with less bling around my lures. A good loop knot will allow for better action on most hard-body lures. Though it is frustrating to have to tie on another lure when in the middle of a hot bite.
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If I'm hitting bonito or spanish on Gotcha plugs or spoons I'll use about a fairly light 6" wire leader with a swivel to the main line and a snap at the other for quick lure/color changes while protecting the main line. The store bought ones can work, but tend to be too thick for my preferences so I tie my own with Offshore Angler malin wire in 30lb and smaller barrel swivels/snaps.

Also, when trolling at decent speeds for kings or mahi I'll use a heavier barrel to snap swivel to make changing plugs or skirt rigs easier when issues come up or one color becomes a clear performer.

Anytime I'm actually fishing slower, it's all heavy mono or fluorocarbon leaders tied directly to my lures.
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Thanks for the replies. I've been wondering about this for the past few weeks and haven't had a chance to actually try it. Will definitely give no swivels a shot. I figure the only thing i'm losing is the 2 minutes it takes to tie another one on.
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I have found that I catch more fish with less bling around my lures. A good loop knot will allow for better action on most hard-body lures. Though it is frustrating to have to tie on another lure when in the middle of a hot bite.
Ditto. I also find a greater bite when I tie on (double uni) a longer leader (8'-9') onto my braid. In the river over here, the fish can see braid. The flouro leader helps.
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What knot do you use that takes 2 minutes to tie? I'm assuming a uni or a clinch knot. Try the Orvis knot. You can look it up online. It has been my go to know for about the last seven years. I've never had one fail and they are a lot faster to tie than the uni or clinch knot. I can tie a lure on in about 5 seconds...if I'm moving slow. Seriously. It is an easy and fast knot to tie.
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What knot do you use that takes 2 minutes to tie? I'm assuming a uni or a clinch knot. Try the Orvis knot. You can look it up online. It has been my go to know for about the last seven years. I've never had one fail and they are a lot faster to tie than the uni or clinch knot. I can tie a lure on in about 5 seconds...if I'm moving slow. Seriously. It is an easy and fast knot to tie.
Slick knot. Do you also use the same knot to tie your mainline to your leader (tie both sides like you would a double uni knot), or only for terminal tackle?

For my terminal tackle I use a tarpon loop, which gives my lure or jighead a little more action. Like having a split ring, except less hardware.
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I have found that I catch more fish with less bling around my lures. A good loop knot will allow for better action on most hard-body lures. Though it is frustrating to have to tie on another lure when in the middle of a hot bite.
The loop knot is super easy to tie and has never came loose or broken on me in many, many years.

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I don't use it for leader to line (or tipper to leader for my fly rod). I use the Orivs knot for all my other ties unless I want a loop at the end in order to give some action to my lure/fly.
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