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Posted: Aug. 28 2006,08:39

Are snap swivels considered a non-no for inshore fishing? My knot-fu is weak. Much worse while floating. Is it allright to use these as a crutch while my knot skills improve?
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Posted: Aug. 28 2006,18:32

Trout don't seem to mind swivels at all. I don't have enough snook or redfish experience to give advice with those, but my few reds were caught with swivels on. The guy at my baitshop advised me not to use swivels to attach a leader when fishing for kingfish, as they will often hit the swivel instead of the bait, instantly cutting off the leader. (just hearsay)

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Posted: Mar. 10 2007,04:32

Use a Black Swivel and the fish probably can't see it. Dip it all in Smelly Jelly and they won't care.:)
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Posted: Mar. 10 2007,16:54

Variable
what is your setup for fishing...such as line to leader, to tackle??

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Posted: Mar. 23 2007,04:42

My knot-fu is not much better since August, but it is geting better. I have been using two setups:

1- 10# Power Pro, uni-to-uni to 20# fluoro. I use this whenever I get a chance to paddle Flamingo. Not really sure where elso to go to inshore fishing down here in So. FL.
2- When surf fishing, if what I do can be called that :) , I use the lightest tackle I can get away with (7ft M action rod with a Quantum Boca 40 reel.) On this one it is 15# Power Pro,  a very small swivel or uni-to-uni, to 30# fluoro. I am strictly throwing small artificials in the surf.
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Posted: Mar. 23 2007,14:13

Spanish Macks, small Baracuda, and what I call Needle fish all hit swivels .No matter what color. When you tie it between main line and leader. If you use them ,attach your lure to them so it is on your bait.It is hard to tell if it is just a slow day or your swivel.

  I have found that Snapper are real spooky with them .Bone fish, forget it they will not come close.
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Posted: Mar. 23 2007,20:28

Hi Variable

I use the uni to uni a lot and it works very well. Do you know the uni loop knot variation? This will give your lures a more natural action, and requires no more knotfu than you already have. lol
I, too, started with the uniknot. My other favorite knot that might be better for your surf set up is to tie line to leader with an Albright Special. It isn't as bulky as the uni to uni, so it flows through the rod guides more easily. It does need to be tied with care. It is an excellent knot when your line and leader are of considerably different diameters. But do tie it carefully and pull hard on it to really tighten it down before use. Additionally, when using the Albright Special, I'll use almost 2 rod lengths of leader, since it flows through the guides so well. With fluorocarbon, this gives you more invisibility, and you can cut back the leader many times before needing to change it.
As to swivels, I'd say use them only when line twist is an issue, e.g., w/spoons, chunk baits, or when targeting jumping fish like spinner sharks and tarpon, who will totally make a mess of your rig with out a swivel. Otherwise, on average, a swivel, especially a bulky snap swivel close to the hook, will hurt your hookups. Again, that's on average. On a hot bite, I've had 20" yellowtail (usually very finicky about terminal tackle) devour a dead mullet on a 5/0 hook tied to 80lb mono! Which makes no sense except that the tails were hungry and the water was a bit cloudy. But when the fish are wary, lighter flouro leader, smaller hooks, and no swivels do help.
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Posted: Mar. 24 2007,18:40

I'll say it again...if your using power pro and leader only, then a triple surgeon's knot is all you need...will never and has never failed me. And is much easier to tie when you are out on the water. End that with a Canoeman's loop knot and you have a great and very easy setup!!

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Posted: Mar. 25 2007,16:41

Thatnks all!

You know what Paladin? Other guys have suggested the Surgeon's know before, but I forgot to look it up. I just did, and it is VERY easy to tie!

I can't find anything on Google about the Canoeman's knot, though. Does anybofy have any links with directions on how to tie that one?
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Posted: Mar. 25 2007,16:59

Variable
go to......."Start wid dis one"... on the front forum page, then go to..."The Canoeman Remembered"... . When you get there I have a video link for the Canoeman's loop knot, just scoll down...best knot ever!!!!

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