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Old 06-30-2020, 09:11 PM
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Is their any downside of tying direct other than having to cut it off to change lures?
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The less jewelry the better.....
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Never tried a swivel always spliced
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What lb test is your main line/top shot?
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Originally Posted by juniorrocketdad1 View Post
Is their any downside of tying direct other than having to cut it off to change lures?
As a simple guideline if the stuff is in the water at all - like weighted hoos, diving plugs, etc... no snap swivels just a swivel and, for me with diving plugs I go straight to 100# or 130# topshots.

If it is out of the water like splash bars, etc.. I always use snap swivels and have never had an issues.

Chunk, dead stick, etc.. all swivel and longer flouro leader.

All jig and pop is direct connection.
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sorry - not sure why I posted twice?????

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You have to have a swivel between the leader and the top shot. If you dont, your main line will get all twitsed up. Never a snap swivel.
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when trolling, guilty of ball bearing snap swivels...

knock on wood, haven't had an issue.

i know, i know, its not if, it's when.
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can you be a little more specific of what type of fishing? trolling, casting, live bait, chunk?
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I’m asking about trolling, I was under the impression that line twist only comes from things like inline spinners where the lure itself is spinning and this wouldn’t be an issue with something like a spreader bar?
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Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
when trolling, guilty of ball bearing snap swivels...

knock on wood, haven't had an issue.

i know, i know, its not if, it's when.
I am guilty as well. Makes it so much easier to swap out lures and not have to re-crimp everything. With the crews I usually have, I would be the one crimping all day if we were changing lures, colors, etc. I have never lost a fish due to a snap swivel failing. Always been the result of a bad knot, pulled crimp, or frayed line. I'm sure I just jinxed myself though
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Originally Posted by juniorrocketdad1 View Post
I’m asking about trolling, I was under the impression that line twist only comes from things like inline spinners where the lure itself is spinning and this wouldn’t be an issue with something like a spreader bar?
WIth a spreader bar your problem results from fighting a fish. With out a swivel your braid will get all twisted up. Wiring strong fish and snap swivles dont mix. They are also a big piece of hardware in the water, you may miss that shy fish. Literally takes less than 30 seconds to crimp to a Spro and being stealth is the a better way to go when it comes to tuna.

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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
You have to have a swivel between the leader and the top shot. If you dont, your main line will get all twitsed up. Never a snap swivel.
wind ons ,that's the ticket
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Snap swivels on all the time when using lures.

Look at a lure, there's hooks, plastic, rings, eyes moving, etc. a snap or snap swivel or swivel don't make a dif IMO.
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[QUOTE=Esuomm1;13812478]Snap swivels on all the time when using lures.

Look at a lure, there's hooks, plastic, rings, eyes moving, etc. a snap or snap swivel or swivel don't make a difference. With many species your right.
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like most things, different tools for different jobs.

braid to mono to crimped on snap swivel when trolling. trollong lures, bars, etc rigged w/ their own leader w/ connection for snap swivel. never had any swivel fail yet (knock wood) and like any other tools, quality works better. its not about line twist - just convenience when switching in/out of different trolling sets.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
Snap swivels on all the time when using lures.

Look at a lure, there's hooks, plastic, rings, eyes moving, etc. a snap or snap swivel or swivel don't make a dif IMO.
Agreed. There’s usually 4-6’ of leader between the snap swivel and lure anyway.
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I am not new to fishing at all but I am relatively new to inshore trolling wide trackers, etc. Really just a few years in. As I work through it all I have been advised a lot of different ways to attach things, etc. Some for strength, some for presentation, some for convenience, etc. At the moment I am using the plan that makes the most sense to me as I learn more and more about what to try- so I am in the convenience camp so I can try different things without a lot of hassle or time.

So for trolling thats braid to mono to crimped on snap swivel. For jigging I am using braid to mono crimped on swivel and keep the stinger hook on there so that I can just split ring a jig on quick to change (and so that I don’t have jigs banging around in transit). For topwater I tie direct like I do with most of my inshore back bay stuff.
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Mono top shots to a snap swivel to a 10-15' leader with barrel swivel for whatever we want to pull, spreader bar, wide tracker, Joe Shute, etc.
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I promise you, your missing fish if your using snap swivels. To each his own I guess.

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