I use those cheapo swivels from Walmart. I think they are #3, not sure but they are pretty big. I've successfully landed a 35 lb'er and lost a 50 or so at the boat, not due to the swivel though. I've been hung up and pulled so hard the loop in the end of the swivel bent into a triangle but never seen one break. I also use cheap Lazer Sharp hooks from Walmart too. #6 Circle Sea hooks. They are about $7 for about 50 hooks. Never had one of them break either. Want to know some more? I use $20 Walmart rod and reel combos called Catfish Combos. They look like big Zebco reels. I also use 30 lb. Walmart line. If you can't tell by now, I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to catch big fish. It's all in how you play 'em. The one that would have gone 50 or so, I fought him for about 10-15 minutes, got him to the boat and almost had my hand on him when he jerked his head. I had the line wrapped around my hand (stupid idea, I know but I had gloves on) and when he jerked, the line broke in my hand. Never grab the line, the pole will flex but your arm will not. If i'd brought him over to me with the pole, the line wouldn't have broken.