Snap Swivels: Dependable or Not

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by DJH1, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. DJH1

    DJH1 New Member

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    Is there any chance that the snap on the end of a leader or snap swivel will straighten out or come loose with a big fish on?
     
  2. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    The only way I use a snap swivle is when I use a three way slip rig. I use it for my dropper line for my weight! I don't trust them for the business end of my line!
     

  3. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Joey, I've used them for years without any problems. The type I use are the black, ballbearing with the positive lock ends (they have the little hook on the locking end) . I use the ones rated for 70#. I've never had one pull open with a fish on. Fish up to 30# were landed with no problem. I use them on the end of my main line to attach the 3 way swivel. For still fishing I just use a plain barrel swivel.
     
  4. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    JW know's what he's talking about(sometimes):smile2:, and I share the same beliefs. I use them for the sinker, but never as a direct connection with the fish.
     
  5. flatheadfisher

    flatheadfisher New Member

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    I use them for shark fishing in the surf. But, only because I use 6-8 foot leaders that are hard to store on the rod. And, the ones I use are rated for 400 pounds. I use Carolina Rigs for catfishing and I have no need for a snap swivel.

    I have had snap swivels straighten out on bottom rigs while surf fishing. It never ceases to amaze me how 5 foot sharks will hit my bait rods with little pieces of shrimp.
     
  6. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty Well-Known Member

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    dont trust them for big fish at all when a large cat throws its head at the top of the water something is going to give in that snap . think of it this way take a 16 lb bowling ball and pick it up and drop it a couple times and see if the snap swivel holds up to the test.
     
  7. kyjake

    kyjake New Member

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    They are apt to fail on a heavy fish.When I do use them it is the ones on steel leaders for saltwater fishing.Clamping the latch tightly over the wire helps a lot.
    Jake
     
  8. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    I totally agree. On the other hand I avoid them totally other than using them for my weights. I use a small swivel that has the straight snap, not the better wrap around kind. This way it straightens out and the weight comes off only.

    -Jim-
     
  9. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    The only type of snap swivel I would consider using where I might hang a big fish is the type Catfish Fever mentioned. I've had the regular (cheap) type straighten out from casting with a large sinker hung on it. As far as that goes, if you're using Wal Mart type swivels with no snaps, make sure you use large ones. I molded some swivels into the ends of some large (6-8 oz) bell sinkers, and had a lot of trouble with them coming apart on the cast. My Do-It mold isn't designed to accept a swivel large enough to take the strain. Now I just use a piece of wire in place of the swivel.
     
  10. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    There is a brand named "Sampo" that we use down here for H.D. Saltwater fishing, they have true ball bearings in them & are available in both regular metal composition as well as Stainless steel.

    They are rather $$$, so I won't use 'em if I'm expecting snags, HTH, Elliot
     
  11. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I never have used them . I use large barrels or 3-ways depending on the set up. I guess if you used ones big enough they might be ok. I just never have needed them.:cool2:
     
  12. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    heres another ??? how mutch sinker weight do you guys trust the cheep brass snap swivels to heave? i made some sinker slides out of some 1/0 brass snap swivels that i have yet to try and i got to thinking im gonna be using alot of weight i wonder if they are gonna keep snaped or send a pound of lead flying in who knows what direction.
     
  13. MAX1955

    MAX1955 New Member

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    Like some of the other post say I've used the cheaper ones for sinkers and hooks years ago and they came unfastened or pulled lose. I don't know about the ones that are better made and cost more.
     
  14. MAX1955

    MAX1955 New Member

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    I just use the barrel type rated for 50- 75 pound with no problems. I've been using them for years.
     
  15. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I would not recommend using them if you are after larger fish. I have one straighten out on me and I quit using them. It could have been because I didn't check to make sure the snap was closed completely. Either way, I missed the fish. I will still use them when channel cat fishing sometimes when I'm trying different hooks.
     
  16. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I've never used them, just don't look trust worthy to me for bigger blues. If your after smaller channel cats then they wouyld probably hold up.
     
  17. MikeonWabash

    MikeonWabash New Member

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    I would never use them on my main line because to me it is just one more thing to go wrong when you hook that fish of a lifetime, but my fishing partner has used them for years and not had any trouble that I know of.
     
  18. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    I wouldn't trust it on the main line to the hook. Maybe on another leader for the sinker with lighter test . I have seen a few straighten out.
     
  19. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    Never, they have popped on me many times I just stopped using them.
     
  20. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    They work great for weights but I don't trust them on my main line.