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Crimping is a form of connection. It's a little aluminum sleeve typically and you use a crimping tool to smoosh it shut. It's used to rig lures like butch brown rigging a hudd or thumper tail. You also see it a lot when rigging marlin lures, hoochies etc when targeting big game and heavy line where tying knots is really challenging.  When done right it's as strong of a connection as you can possibly get. 

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Thanks! I can just about tolerate LMB guys talking max drags, but now I need therapy.;)

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9 hours ago, Ktho said:

Crimping is a form of connection. It's a little aluminum sleeve typically and you use a crimping tool to smoosh it shut. It's used to rig lures like butch brown rigging a hudd or thumper tail. You also see it a lot when rigging marlin lures, hoochies etc when targeting big game and heavy line where tying knots is really challenging.  When done right it's as strong of a connection as you can possibly get. 

This is spot on.  Basically you use it for high speed trolling when you might encounter 50+ pound fish running one way at 30 mph while the boat is going the other at the same speed.  I can't think of a single reason it would be worth the hassle while bass fishing.

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3 hours ago, reason said:

Thanks! I can just about tolerate LMB guys talking max drags, but now I need therapy.;)

I’m not going to do it, just wondered what it was.

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Crimping being discribed as being smooshed gets a grin.

Suggest the OP look up Berkley 7Strand wire leader and crimp sleeve information.

Being a salt water big game fisherman, crimping is a common rigging technique for both wire leaders and 200-300 lb mono leaders where tying knots are bulky and unreliable.

Crimp sleeves are usually annealed bronze with a black oxide coating and crimped onto the leader using a compound plier tool designed to squeeze (smoosh) or swag the soft metal tube or sleeve.

Adding stinger hooks to swimbaits using wire leader and "crimping" is a common technique with bass anglers.

Tom

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I use it for heavy fluorocarbon leaders on my sturgeon rig. The 80lb+ leaders are almost impossible to tie a decent knot with. 

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On March 25, 2018 at 3:42 PM, Cak920 said:

fluorocarbon impossible to tie a decent knot with. 

FIFY.

 

Seriously though, there are some good knots for heavy mono, (check out the tarpon videos) I usually tie up to 100 lb test, and crimp anything heavier. Crimping is a required skill if you are fishing offshore, but requires the right tool and experience, a poorly done crimp will fail miserably. Also even with chaffing protection, since it's a loop, it has a limited life, so need to keep an eye on that. Hollow feeling watching a winning fi$h swim away after fighting it for the. Better part of an hour.

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