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Brade04

Swivel Snaps

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I know some people have like a 6 inch piece ofline hooked up to the lure and tied a know on the swivel snap? Is there anything wrong of just having the line from my rod tied to the swivel then the lure snapped directly to the swivel snap?

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I don't understand why a snap swivel would be necessary for ice fishing, unless you are using spoons or certain rapalas. If you are using the snap swivels for them, then yes, just tie swivel to line, and snap your baits on. Guess more detail is warranted. Perhaps, I am misunderstanding, but if this is the case for bluegill type baits, you are loosing alot of presentation control with your bait. It's best to tie directly to your lure or use a small speed swivel that doesn't allow for alot of loose lure movement.

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Is there anything wrong of just having the line from my rod tied to the swivel then the lure snapped directly to the swivel snap?

Do that with your chubbies and you'll be good to go. Nothing wrong with that my friend.

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I tie directly in most applications. I use small snaps for chubby darters and a few other lures. I don't think a bobber would be a deal breaker, but I don't do it. Both lures require motion up and down in the water column to 'work', a bobber would just be a place holder. It is good at times to pound the bottom with most jigged lures.

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Snap swivels get alot of "no-go's" for ice fishing, but I've never been outproduced by straight knot tiers, so it's pretty much just personal preference I guess. I would rather snap baits in 2 seconds then have to retie knots all the time. But, I only use snap swivels for these type of horizontal baits. I wouldn't think bobbers would be ideal for that type of bait presentation.

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It's crazy but one time, the crappies only wanted what was on the swivel snap. It was ridiculous as since the genz bug with it's small hook can barely get a hook set.

So I let the fish tell me what they want.

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