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Old 03-18-2004, 09:42 AM
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Hi from rushman,

I changed over to the above wind on swivels, but On the first outting 2 broke. We were into albacore at the time which weighed between 11kilos and 24 kilos, has any one else tried these and if so what size fish were caught.

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Old 03-18-2004, 10:00 AM
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We used 300lb Spro Wind ons to land 2 450+ Blue Fin off the Carolina coast. Both fish released, no swivel failure...

I have heard a lot of mixed opinions on these though... Some of the guys that fish them on 30 - 50 lb mono have complained that the spro swivel caused thier main line to seperate at the bend where the swivel was attached....

Haven't used them enough to offer a comprehensive opinion... If there is such a thing?
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:20 AM
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rushman, I use nothing but high quality SS ball bearing swivels and have never had a failure. I don't use wind-on, however and have never understood the real advantage of it, even after fishing on other's boats with wind-on.
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:49 AM
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I've used them a lot to catch fish up to a 96 lb. yellowfin. Never seen one fail, and most of the charters here have switched over to them and have even caught large marlin on the smaller swivels.
WildeOne, there a few big advantages to using windons around here. For one, the yellowfin are often finicky and windons are the best way to deal w/ a 25-40' 100-150 lb. test fluorocarbon leader, which is what it takes to get bites some days. W/ the SPROs, you have as little hardware in the water as possible. Also, when handling big fish near the boat on light leaders, you can still fight the fish off the reel right up to the gaff, minimizing the problems of broken leaders (can be a big problem w/ light leaders) and pulled hooks. Windons make it a lot easier to handle multiple hookups w/ only a few people on the boat too.
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:36 AM
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There was a bad batch of them that came through this winter. A lot of the BFT guys were breaking fish off with them due to their being a sharp edge on the bevel of the swivel. Look closely at yours, it is pretty obvious when you feel/look at them. I have a bag at home, maybe I can figure out how to post a pic.
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Old 03-20-2004, 07:14 AM
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Default RE: Spro wind on swivels

Thank you all for your comments. I did E-Mail spro but recieved no reply. My Spros broke at the bearing leaving half still attached to the line which was bad for me but worse for the fish.

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