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What does everyone think of using snaps to quickly switch crankbaits out? There are pros and cons. Some of the cons would be that they could open/bend, and it's just one more thing between you and the fish. Also, some claim that it limits the action of the crankbait. A pro is that you can switch crankbaits out very efficiently, without having to constantly retie. Just looking to get the opinions of those who have used snaps similar to these: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-FastLock-Bass-Snap/product/7816/

Thanks guys!

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I dont mind retying , I dont do it enough.But I'm using mono.

 

  Some cranks use to come with snaps . I never had any problem with them .

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I love the owner welded snaps. I have never had any issues with them. The middle size is best for normal bass cranks, and the largest size for the 10xd. Only issue I hear is people being dumb and using them on jigs or some other purpose where a snap is not ideal.

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I use snaps on my cranks all the time (Mustad duo lock I believe). Haven't had any issues other than it making some of my suspending jerk baits sit nose down.

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I use snaps on my cranks all the time (Mustad duo lock I believe). Haven't had any issues other than it making some of my suspending jerk baits sit nose down.

I want my jerkbaits to sit nose down. Thanks for the tip!

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I want my jerkbaits to sit nose down. Thanks for the tip!

Would you mind explaining why? I just always thought it was best for them to sit horizontally.

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My understanding is that they look like they're dying suspending that way... I think.

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I've tried using snaps on my cranks (after removing the split ring), because I'm basically lazy.  What I found out was it was much easier to switch lures, but it was also easier to loose them especially the way I fish cranks.  If I don't retie frequently, I loose baits, and more importantly fish.  As long as I'm going to retie I may as well use the stronger split ring.

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I use the duo lock snap on 1.5 and 2.5 squarebills when trying to find a color that's producing. Then I just tie direct after that.

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I use the duo lock snap on 1.5 and 2.5 squarebills when trying to find a color that's producing. Then I just tie direct after that.

X2. Brian.

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I can't use snaps because I'll get lazy about retying. 

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Im just going to start using them. Basically use snaps to changes colors and find out what the fish want. Once you figure it out cut the snap off and tie directly to the bait.

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I only use Tactical Anglers Power Clips - no issues with any grass snags and quick change capability to adjust to changing conditions, depths or colors when you are dialing in the bite.  I use them in fresh and salt water.

 

http://tacticalanglers.com/

 

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Use them all the time.

 

Makes changing baits fast and easy.

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Would you mind explaining why? I just always thought it was best for them to sit horizontally.

 

A 45* angle is what a dying shad looks like in the water to bass.

 

So you want the front of your jerkbait to sit at a 45* +/- to entice the bass to hit the bait when it is suspending in the water.

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I use snaps on my cranks all the time (Mustad duo lock I believe). Haven't had any issues other than it making some of my suspending jerk baits sit nose down.

Nose down for suspending jerks is not a bad thing.  As for retieing, most of us do not do it enough!  Learn the uni and you can tie in less than 30 seconds.  No big loop to put the whole bait through, as with the palomar!  Keep your scissors or clippers hanging on your vest.

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i can honestly tie faster than using the snap.  i don't know why, i've tried the snaps and the norman speed clips and for the life of me cannot keep them open enough or something.  just me and my non-responsive fingers i suppose.  in about 15 seconds i have a palomar knot tied on about any bait.

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I also used the Normans and others and like the Normans much better than anything else I've tried, but they're a pain to open with fat finger's!

Mike

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Crankbaits are the only time I do use snaps.  I might be targeting various depths as I work around a lake and might have 5 or 6 different crankbaits laying in a tray in front of me.  I might only make a couple casts with a certain crank before I grab another one with a different depth range.

 

...AND, I do have the discipline to periodically retie the snap... :lol:

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I use them on certain rods and I only use the top quality smallest and strongest one's that I can find....I grew up anti snap, anti any extra hardware, and my brother still gives me looks when I have a snap on the line, but I find if you have the right size, it can give your lure better action than the regular ring or pull point that comes with the lure.

 

I like the Spro snaps as they are strong for the size, but I also use saltwater grade snaps from Tsunami, Owner, and the paper clip Owner's...I only stick with black or any dull color, I don't like silver....I always change split rings and put a oval line tie since I do prefer the rapala knot when I am fishing clear water and not using flurocarbon, but I never feel 100% confident int that knot...My Advice, is always buy top quality terminal tackle, snaps, swivels, hooks, line, rings, since that is the stuff that will cost you the fish of a lifetime, and saving $2 for Eagle Claw snaps vs. Spro to me is not worth it, and I am not knocking Eagle claw....I need lot's of positive reviews for snaps.

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I use snaps all of the time with crankbaits. Much easier for me to change baits with treble hooks.

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I also used the Normans and others and like the Normans much better than anything else I've tried, but they're a pain to open with fat finger's!

Mike

I agree, and every time I lone one to someone they convert to Norman's. Cheap, work flawless, and don't bend out.

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Do your own thing, in reality I don't think it makes a difference.  99% of the time a duolock doesn't open or break, the action on the lure is just fine, my catch rate is the same with or without them.  The only time of the year I use them is now, my hands get a little slippery with the kind of weather we have.  Once the weather warms up with more humidity I'm back to tying.  Lures get a loopknot.

In saltwater I always tie.

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