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Does anyone else here use a swivel/snap on their line so they don't have to re-tie a knot every time you wanna change lures?

 

Was on the phone with a buddy the other day (lives in missouri, fishes a lot) who told me it's not smart to use those as it causes more fish to be lost. Is this true?

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If it is true I'm an outlier because I've never had a snap fail on me in over two decades of fishing and I haven't ever felt a lost fish was due to a snap. It's usually a mechanical failure (hook) or more commonly operator error (me).

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It depends on the quality of the snaps. 

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Never had a snap fail.

 

I don't use the swivel snaps, Eagle Claw dual lock snaps.

 

You do have to retie the snap after a few fish just as you would tying directly to the hook.

 

Snaps do not interfere with the bait's action and they make changing out baits fast, quiet and easy.

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Plain snaps are just fine. Snap-swivels (the combination of a snap attached to a swivel) however are a horse of a different color. I would never put that much hardware ahead of any hard lure I'd use. But I never use cranks or hard baits without a snap. Some folks advocate the use of a loop knot instead. I doubt that is as safe as a steel snap though.

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The only thing I use a snap swivel for is inline spinners. Those will twist up and make your fishing very difficult.

 

Otherwise I use snaps on blade baits (sonars) and sometimes cranks if I am switching baits often. I use size #2 duo-lock. 

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Look up Norman speed clips, that should solve everything.

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