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Tie on or snap swivel?

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I tie directly to the lure.  There are several good reasons to use a swivel, mainly that if you are using a spinning lure, it will reduce line twist.  It can also increase the action that a given lure actually has.  

It's just a choice that I make.  

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I use them sometimes,especially if im feeling lazy and dont wanna retie a bunch of lures,or if I want to add a LITTLE more weight to something without putting a Weight on it.

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I never use the snaps, although it might provide more action I don't want an extra object in front of my bait. I do use swivels for c-rigs, some flukes, weightless worms, and some other baits that twist line but it is usually up the line 12 inches or more.

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In the areas where a swivel would help cause better action I would recomend just using the rapala knot instead.   When tied correctly it just ends in a loop with the actual knot a 1/2" to 1" above the lure, which really helps allow for free movement better.

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Tie directly.  I used snap swivels years ago until I watched my favorite crankbait disappear into the depths due to it coming open and I did not know it.  Now the only thing I use a swivel is a Carolina rig and a floating worm, and those are barrel swivels.  

If you want to use swivels use a locking swivel

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I use spinning gear, but only use swivels when fishing inline spinners. However, I do use the 1/2" duolock snaps with full confidence and only extremely rare problems.

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The only time I tie directly to my lure is if I'm using a topwater bait...even then, I'll sometimes keep the swivel attached.  

Swivels reduce line twisting and are a must when using spinners in my book.  You should also use them when using any line 8lb or above.

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Snap swivels are good if you want to change lures ALL day long, and loose fish.  Otherwise, tie directly to the lure.  There are alot of good knots to use.  It just depends on the kind of action you want with the lure, and what KIND of lure you are going to be using.  Actually, I'm going to create a topic about knots right now.  Check it out, fellas. ;)

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I use snapswivels and have no real problems other then on topwater baits they tend to foul the front treble hook a lot more then without. The amount of fish loses haven't chaged for me with or without their use heck Aaron Martens lost the Classic winner tiying directly to the line.

Chow

The Pa Angler

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yea PA i use swivels for basicly everything.  It's easy and i havent had noticible problems(tho this last outing i had bought a couple topwaters to try and the hooks got caught 1 out of 7 casts)

Being the newb that i am; i just thought i'd ask why this makes much of a diffrence?  or maybe some links towards articles that talk about how tieing/swiveling affects action?

thanks guys

-Seeker

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After reading this thread last night I went out and bought some snap swivels and tried them out today.

I didn't catch anything, not even a strike. But that doesn't tell me much because I've been racking up zero's almost everytime out this past month and I've been tying directly to the bait until today.

It did make it easier to switch baits and it didn't seem to hinder anything except for the a couple of the top waters I tried, and it did change the way the senko sank, so I didn't use it for that.

Not sure if I will continue to use them, once the fish start cooperating again I will probably keep the snap swivel on one of my rods and tie directly to the bait with the others so I can get a better idea of how they compare.

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I use a snap swivel and have not lost a fish or a lure to them yet (as far as I know). I only have one rod I use for cranks and I change baits often. So the swivel works for me and saves me time.

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Never, ever.

I like to keep hardware to a minimum and I have no practical use for a swivel.

I use them in current for certain types of saltwater fishing, 150lb flouro and up only however and only if using a live baitfish, in which case I use a spro (250lb) swivel.  Even then, It needs to be a larger baitfish like a bluefish or a mackerel.

You don't see alot of baitfish swimming around with chunks of metal an inch in front of them and I've yet to see a worm wearing jewelry,lol

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Using snap swivels will only serve to keep you from critical re tying when your line gets nicked and freyed, thus contributing to loss of lures and fish.   A lesson I learned in grade school.

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I....like many others....only use a barrel swivel when C-rigging...otherwise I've always done better with fewer items tied on my total bait. I peg my t-rigs w/a toothpick too. I'm a firm believer that u SHOULDN'T use swivels unless absolutely necessary.  I check for abrasions religiously....and I ALWAYS re-tie after a good fish (4lbs +)  It's just not worth it...you could possibly lose a fish of a lifetime by not re-tying often enough.

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i tie directly, i only use swivels when using rooster tails or flukes

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I use Norman quick clips. A while back I emailed Roland Martin asking if using a quick clip hurt the action of the lure. Martin emailed back saying he has used quick clips in the past and he didn't think it changed the action of the lure. I have been using quick clips for years. My only question is line twists. I've found that I do get some line twists depending on what lure I use.

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