What size and type of swivels

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by cliff n york, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    well what do you use, i read in one fishing article not to use brass swivels; but i think if i use a larger size (1/o) are larger it would strong enough
     
  2. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    I'd like to see the answer to that'n:smile2:
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  3. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    I would never use brass swivels. I only use the big roscoe swivels, I think they are 650lb test. LOL
     
  4. field989

    field989 New Member

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    well i use brass swivels

    cause thats the only thing that is availaible to me

    but if i could i would use ball baring swivels
    for their size they have WAY more holding power and are smoother and just IMO a BETTER SWIVEL

    but i use brass barrel swivels and they have never failed but i use BIG ones like 2/0 ( i am pretty sure)



    Jeff
     
  5. Muddler

    Muddler New Member

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    I always try to use swivels with a black finish. I usually buy "regular" saltwater swivels and have used ball-bearing swivels from time to time, but I don't know. I've never lost a fish due to known swivel failure, although I've had a few swivels jam on me. I usually break off enough rigs to make it seem like a good idea to use "regular" (not premium or dirt-cheap) swivels.
    I find myself on the water between bites thinking that I might be cheaping out on the swivels, but whenever I toss a ball-bearing swivel I say "gee, I hope I don't break this one off," this cost a lot more than the hook!
     
  6. badkarma

    badkarma New Member

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    A BOC Brother and I did a break tests
    on 2/0 brass swivels of 3 or 4 brands and they broke a from 112lbs to 132lbs.That's stronger than my line so I don't worry.
     
  7. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    I agree unless youre using some 100# test the line should break first. I use the 1/0 or 2/0 brass from wallmart. I have miss shapened a few when using 65#power pro with 65#power pro leaders but never have broke one. Id say their strong enough.
     
  8. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I use brass swivels, Berkly Mc mahon in 250-lb test.
     
  9. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    I used the brass swivels from Walmart for years, the bigger 3/0 size, Laker brand I think it was. I never had one fail, even when using line all the way up to 200lbs. That said, when I found a source for the Berkley Mcmahon's for about the same price, 11-12 cents each, I switched over and never went back. The 2/0 Berkley's are rated 250lb, are smaller than the regular brass ones (less chance for snags), and I've never seen one fail.
     
  10. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    The 4-6 bead chain swivels use to be popular where twisted line was a problem.They really worked well as each bead was a swivel point.I guess it was like having 4-6 swivels on your line.You can still order them if you have a sever line twisting problem.peewee-williams
     
  11. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    If you find the right place you can buy berkley swivels by the gross. They aren't that expensive. i would buy ones a bit bigger than you need though, 100# or more aren't that big. I saw some guys doing breaking tests on them and they broke at 1/2 of their rating or so. I don't know if that is normal but that is what they discovered.
     
  12. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I use the black barrel swivels in 1/0. I'll probably change them out next year, I haven't lost a single one this year. They are way stronger than my line so I'm not worried about them at all. I would jsut not recommend using snap swivels, too many things can go wrong with those.
     
  13. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Got lots of them in the bottom of the Mississippi River,but none from failing to perform.Have never lost a fish(yet)from using them.Usually get them from Wal-Mart.
     
  14. Okccatman

    Okccatman New Member

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    3/0 brass barrel swivels from Wal-Mart.
    Never had a failure.

    Dave
     
  15. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    P-Line Rolling Barrel swivels in size 3. These things are the next best to ball bearing swivels and not anymore than the Berkley's.
     
  16. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    as a surfcaster i can tell you that on a cast you exert 10x the force of the weight you're casting ie; 5oz sinker= 50lbs of force so i use these just in case. as a minimum i use penn power swivels rated for 75lbs.

    and be careful of ballbearing swivels they aren't as strong as advertised.
     
  17. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Cliff, I started using these this year and really like them you can purchase them from catfish conection for $10.50 per pack of 50 swivels. They are Spro Power Swivels / Size 2 / 230 lb. test / part # SPSB-02-50