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Soft Jerkbaits and line twist.

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I have tried weightless flukes before and I really like the action but I have had problems with line twist on spinning tackle with them. I don't remember if I tried a swivel that might help and I'm pretty sure I always had it rigged straight but I always seemed to get line twist. So what’s the deal?

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Very strange, you should not be having this problem?.. Usually the weight of the hook acts as a keel and keeps it from twisting.. What size hook are you using? The only other option is that you do not have it rigged straight. The spinning reel should not be causing the problem UNLESS: you are engaging the reel with the reel handle.

Many do not know this, but if you close the bait by turning the reel handle, its going to put as little as 1/4 twist and as much as 1/2 twist in your line each time. So, 50 casts later, you could have 25 twists... shut the bail by hand and you take this problem out of the mix.

If however you already close the bait manually, then I give up, I dont know what is causing your twist other than improper rigging.

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I was using a 4/0 or 5/0 EWG hook and a 4" fluke those hooks are usually all I have in my box. Could it be that I was using too big of a hook for the size of bait I was using. Also do you guys fish it with the same tempo as a hard jerkbait or slower. I remember the line didn't seem to twist as bad when I went real slow.

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I use the same hook, and I work it slower than a hard jerkbait. But have seen it work when moved fast.

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Just use a swivel. Get a SPRO 80lb (so it has some weight) and tie a floroleader in whatever test you want. Make the leader about 8-10" long. The swivel acts like a weight and will help with the line twist. Maybe you're (don't take this the wrong way) jerking too hard:)

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