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Old 04-22-2021, 06:19 AM
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Default Best hand crimper and crimp set for offshore.

Hi guys, looking for the best hand crimp tool and crimp set for offshore trolling for tuna, marlin and mahi. There are bundle starter sets out there(Hi Seas) but hate to buy crimps in the set I won’t use. Looking to have the popular most common ones to store on boat and grab quick when needed.

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Old 04-22-2021, 06:26 AM
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EAURZFS...roduct_details

This crimper is great. Well built and heavy. Good product
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i Bought the jinkai sc-3c crimpers, they make a really nice crimp
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Crimping is a bit of an exact science and needs to be perfected to get consistent good connections. I cheap out on some things but not crimping. I choose a jinkai crimper, and all jinkai crimps, I don’t mix brands. I always check leader actual diameter and choose the right crimp for that size. Use mostly aluminum crimps, but do use tiny copper for chunking.Practice the method of crimping, make sure ends are flared out and not smashed down.
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Nicopress, one size fits all
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I prefer Moimoi Diamond's crimps - both aluminum and copper (depending on the application). The Jinkai SC-3 is a good on-the-boat option, however, I personally try to crimp and do as little rigging on the boat as possible. I use a bigger hand crimper at home to crimp all of my big game lures. This allows me to complete the crimping process with only 1 or 2 presses, rather than 3 with the Jinkai crimpers. Like someone else said, there is some science and technique to it. Find what works well for you and keep at it. Using quality products helps too.

The specific crimps you need will depend on the size leader you are using. Find a chart that matches up diameter or go into a store and see for yourself. In the grand scheme of things spending $30-50 on a variety of sizes of crimps is not a huge investment. If kept properly, they should last forever too. You will most likely go through them too. Doesn't matter how good you are at crimping if you are not using the correct size crimp.
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I use these
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and these
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've had exactly zee-row terminal failures to date.
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Jinkai green handle crimpers. All I ever use. They crimp great up to 250-300 lb mono. Bigger than that you'll have to go with a hand swager.
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Cuda makes a nice set with carry case too.

CUDA 415 Piece Crimper Kit | West Marine
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SeaStriker HD-800 or Jinkai SC-3. Straight swaging tools. . AFW Shark cable cutter.
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I'm not gonna say their the best but I've had the same pair of billfisher crimpers on my boat for 15 years. I prefer the double sleeve crimps sizes 1.0, 1.3, 1.6 covers 80 to 150 flouro.
And a trick i learned from a very seasond mate is to heat the tag end line with a lighter to put a ball on the end then pull that snug to the crimp before crimping. This basically completely eliminates any chance of a crimp slipping.
Also if your doing wind on leaders this melted ball against the crimp aids in going through the guides a little easier.

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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
I'm not gonna say their the best but I've had the same pair of billfisher crimpers on my boat for 15 years. I prefer the double sleeve crimps sizes 1.0, 1.3, 1.6 covers 80 to 150 flouro.
And a trick i learned from a very seasond mate is to heat the tag end line with a lighter to put a ball on the end then pull that snug to the crimp before crimping. This basically completely eliminates any chance of a crimp slipping.
Also if your doing wind on leaders this melted ball against the crimp aids in going through the guides a little easier.

I use the Cuda crimpers and prefer the copper crimps, the aluminium ones are so much bigger and cause more disturbance before the lure.

I also burn the end of my leader before the crimp and so does my crew. Once caught a 25lb yellowfin on a leader that hadn't been crimped at all. Mate forgot to crimp the leader, but he had burned the end and it didn't go through the crimp.
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Basel recommended.....Locoloc

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