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So I just got into bass fishing and don't use swivels. My question is if I have braid on my real with a florocarbon leader, then put a snap on ( I tend to change my topwater lures around a lot ha ). I tie a loop knot on my topwater would putting a snap on affect the action of the bait? Also what's your experience with snaps? I know I know the the knots ha. Only thing I'm thinking about using these are for topwater because the leader runs out quick the I gotta tie another fg knot.

 

Side note I only run about a 2-3 foot leader. I don't like the knot running threw my guide.

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depends on the type of topwater.  me personally i don't use leaders and i don't use snaps except for crank baits. I also like braid direct on  on some topwater as it allows for longer casts and more positive hooklets at long distance.

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Fluorocarbon is bad for topwater lures because it sinks and there is no need for a leader with topwaters, just another knot to fail.

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I’ll tie a loop knot to the lure eye or split ring on my topwater. Sometimes I’ll have a flour leader in play, otherwise straight braid. 

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Snaps, yes. Snap swivels, no. I just remove the split ring (if it has one). When using one with crankbaits, be sure to check your knot on occasion. I tend to get lazy when using a snap and not checking has cost me a fish or two.

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My bad I meant to say mono leader ha.. Sounds like most of you just go straight braid and don't use a leader. Have any of you noticed it spooking the fish? Are you fishing clear or muddy water?

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The line is above or on top of the water and the topwater moving, walking, etc... I have never had a problem tying braid directly.  

 

I have used swivel snaps on Topwater if I know I’m going to be switching out a lot and it hasn’t been a

problem either, although I usually tie directly.  

 

In general, largemouth aren’t very discerning and line and/or swivels don’t make much of a difference IMO.  In really clear water fishing for Smallmouth ... they are more visual creatures so it may make more difference there, especially with topwater lures that pause (poppers, skitter props, etc). 

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