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How are swivels rated and which do you use?

Old 11-27-2019, 04:35 PM
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When I see a swivel that has a 200lb rating are they saying it's guaranteed to work up to 200lbs? Do you just buy based on line size? If using a 60lb topshot is there any reason to go higher than a 100lb swivel?
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Smallest is usually better. They leave a bubble trial in the water and can get bit. Ball bearing swivels are larger per pound compared to regular non ball bearing. Obviously a 60lb spro swivel is pretty dam small for say trolling so you can bump it up in size. The swivel is the least of your worries terminal wise. Itís what connects to it on both ends that needs to be right and in good shape. If your using coast lock swivels, the larger LB will be larger diameter so the snap connection will be stiffer in my experience but with those you definitely donít want too large since they catch grass and leave a huge trail
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If you are looking for it to protect against line twist then I strongly suggest you go with Ball Bearing, I use mostly Sampo's.
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Originally Posted by Stripernut1 View Post
If you are looking for it to protect against line twist then I strongly suggest you go with Ball Bearing, I use mostly Sampo's.
what weight? Should it match the weight of the line? Be more?
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Most often I go up as little as possible from the mainline (running line) weight. I loop them on with a Bimini.
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Depends on what size fish you're fishing for and what lures/bait you're using. I don't use 90 lb swivels for fish like Blue Marlin but I do use them for Bonito and I use 80 lb line on both.
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I have been very pleased with the BB snaps I get from Catch All Tackle. I use the #6 size for everything. The next smaller one would work well also but I like to grab the swivel when I am leadering a fish because I run mostly single strand wire leaders. I like the larger swivel because itís easier to grab so I donít have to grab and bend the wire.
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https://catchalltackle.com/black-nic...b-350lb-450lb/
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
what weight? Should it match the weight of the line? Be more?
Don't forget that the knot will not be 100% of line test.
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Also depends on type fishing and what rig. It varies almost as much as hook selection.

For instance bottom fishing with long leaders, where the sinker and swivel is far from the bait and stealth is not a factor.
Then if you use swivels larger than you would normally, it greatly reduces leader twist and tangles.
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Spro Iíve only seen it heard of one failure. The 80s are tiiinnny.
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For trolling swivels, I use at least double the lines rated strength.
i think the manufacturers rate swivels with clinically ideal straight pull conditions, unlike what we see in actual use.
Ive broken swivels when tightening down a knot, which is obviously breaking it at below line strength.
The best of swivels can get fouled, causing the wire to bend, or even open the latch.
I don’t see the splash caused by an oversized swivel to be a deterrent, more likely an attractant to a hungry fish. All my short lines run with the swivels out of the water anyway.
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According to the manufacturers swivels are not rated by the snap or the body of swivel but by the strength of the welded rings only.
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Originally Posted by Chuck Richardson View Post
According to the manufacturers swivels are not rated by the snap or the body of swivel but by the strength of the welded rings only.
Well, the rings held up, I pulled 50 pounds with a drag scale, the other 5 in the pack did fine



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Interesting looking swivel, I use something like that to hold a minnow head between a spoon and the hook when ice fishing for walleye. I don't think I would use anything like that offshore as I have had a tuna fold over a snap 45 degrees, the one holding a lure (it held!), just too much to get leverage on.
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the one on the left is what it looked like before I pulled 50 pounds

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Thanks for clearing that up.

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