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How do you guys feel about using snaps on your crankbaits, yea, or nea?

What's  the disadvantage?

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I do when I'm not sure what depth or color I'm going to be using. I use the VMC touch-lok, never had them fail. 

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I always use snaps on crankbaits. Gives a free pivot point for the baits action. Most come with a split ring, and I use a black snap, visibility isn't an issue IMO. Also, easy to change colors or styles, faster than retying. I don't have a downside.

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Yup, and do a search on the site as there is a lot Osgood information about people's preference 

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The biggest downside to using snaps is you get lazy about retying. I'm old and although I can tie a number of different knots with my eyes closed, it's much easier to open a snap, slip it through the crank's line tie and then close it. I've changed lures many times without retying only to pay the price in a lost fish and lure because the knot failed.  I prefer taking the time to retie, but I still have use for snaps.

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Is use Norman Speed Clips too and remove the split ring first.  They work great but are a little difficult to open especially when it's cold.  This year I am planning to try Lazer Quicklink in a size 2 which is rated for 25lb.

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The big downside to using snaps is the amount of force applied to a hook set could cause it to open. This happened to me on several occasions during a fishing trip so I don't use them anymore. I was using quality snaps and each time I ended up losing the bait in the fishes mouth.  If you want the bait to move freer just tie a loop knot. Just my opinion. 

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The only real downside to them is you may not retie as often as you should, other than that, there's really no drawback. 

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I use the VMC crank snaps because they’re easy to switch out baits. 

 

But I also use them because I always use braid to a leader. Although I retie if a fish nicks my line, I don’t want to lose leader length every time I switch baits. 

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No amount of line force applied during a hook set should deform a good quality snap if the snap is closed properly. The strongest snap maybe Berkley cross link snap, Norman speed clips are stronge but a pain the ....to use IMO. The shortest snap and what I am currently using is Owner hyper weld size 2 snap for deep diving crankbaits.

Snap are easy to retie with a Palomar knot and I am very aware of retiring and checking for line abrasion.

I don't use a snap on split ring, always use the snap direct to the Crankbait eye.

Tom

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I use eagle claw snaps for punching:lol:

 

jk I have used owner snaps and it will be just fine for crankbaits I have never had a problem.  As long as your using good snaps and not doing massive hook sets(why would you with a crankbaits anyways) you’ll be fine.

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For those of you using VMC, what size would you use for KVD 1.5 and 2.5?   Thx in advance. 

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7 hours ago, I/MBasser said:

For those of you using VMC, what size would you use for KVD 1.5 and 2.5?   Thx in advance. 

 

The sizes of these and many other terminal tackle doo-dads are also an issue for me...  I don't have any big tackle stores nearby where I can look at a lot of things.  On the mail-order websites, they often list just the manufacturer's size designation, not the actual size or pound-test information.

 

Sorry... just a pet peeve I had to throw out there!

 

Tight lines,

Bob 

 

 

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P-Line makes a good snap

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Over the years I have used snaps for everything, and then switched over to tying everything on.  Now I use snaps for moving baits.  Jigs, and plastics get tied on.  The only time I ever had an issue with a snap failing was when the snap became damaged, and I didn't tie on a new one.

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11 hours ago, desmobob said:

 

The sizes of these and many other terminal tackle doo-dads are also an issue for me...  I don't have any big tackle stores nearby where I can look at a lot of things.  On the mail-order websites, they often list just the manufacturer's size designation, not the actual size or pound-test information.

 

Sorry... just a pet peeve I had to throw out there!

 

Tight lines,

Bob 

 

 

They’re inexpensive enough you could order a couple different sizes and determine which ones to use and not use when they arrive. 

 

I use the second to smallest snap on most cranks. 

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I use the crankbait specific snaps that VMC makes. It allows me to swap them out quicker. No issues so far.

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I always use the VMC crankbait snaps on my cranks, makes changing lures easy and also gives a lipless better fluttering action, especially when popped upwards. Can actually feel it when I do it correctly. I don't get this from straight tied.

 

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14 hours ago, Oregon Native said:

P-Line makes a good snap

I got some those new pline snaps man those things are difficult to snap on? I just went back to the duo snaps their cheaper to. 

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On all my topwater, crankbait, spinnerbait(closed eye) rod setups I been using ball bearing locking snap swivels. They allow a more smoother side to side movement. On my Carolina rig setup I use the standard locking snap swivels. I been doing this for many decades. 

 

Cons, the standard snap swivels must be changed. I have seen the cheaper ones come apart. I use the Walmart standard locking snap swivels now. The ball bearing locking snap swivels I buy from Cabelas.

 

i also add split rings on my baits where I can’t get the locking snap swivel into the lure eyelet.

 

dont forget to retie your knots often. Don’t tie your knot near the end of the split ring.

 

the rod setup and line test determines what size snap swivel I’m using. I use the smaller size on my ultra lite setup. I go up one size from that on my medium action 5’ to 5’6” setups. I go up one more size on my med to med/ heavy setups 6’ to 6’6”. 

 

Small baits use the smaller locking snap swivels.

 

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It depends on how much your fishing. Usually the spring clip on the locking snap swivel will be deformed first. That’s the time when it no longer locks up correctly. Don’t be cheap and try to bend it back to its orginal condition put a new one on.

 

i was fishing from the post spawn for three months everyday. I inspect everything when I get home often. I retire knots. Check out your line for tears and burrs. Replace it.  Fishing in rocky or heavy structured areas can tear up line.

 

 

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Norman Magnum Speed clips are phenominal dont let anyone tell you otherwise. Go get some right now the are stout and save so much time. If you spend 5 minutes a day or more retying a new lure versus the 5 seconds it takes to clip on and off a new crank bait.  Furthermore, since I only have one dedicated cranking rod I can power fish while swapping baits for depth and color to see what they are hitting in far less time. 

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