Using snap swivels with spinnerbaits
by Gregg I.
Q.I fish small waters from a belly boat (float tube) and can carry only 1 rod. Due to these limitations, I use a snap for ease of changing lures to various conditions.
When using spinnerbaits, most of today's models have an open eye (line connector), which you should tie directly onto, as with a snap, the lure slides up the spinner bait arm when casting.
My question...is there a product on the market today which can "close" the open eye? I usually tie a piece of thin mono around the loop to close it off, but this is fairly ineffective. I once believe I saw a tiny, soft plastic "O-Ring" which fit over the loop, but cannot find it anywhere. Any help you may offer would be greatly appreciated!
A. Hey Greg, well I do usually tie straight to the spinnerbait so I didn't have anything for you right off the top of my head. So I started to do some searching around for you. And I didn't find a product, but I did find this great tip at a bass fishing forum. It kind of goes along with your Oring concept. Check it out here.
So there is a solution specific to your question. I imagine you have a supply of spinnerbaits and this mod will work for your situation.
As an alternative, the next time you are replenishing your supply of spinnerbaits you may want to search for closed loop style spinnerbaits. As the name suggest they are closed at the tie point which may work better for you. It looks like Strike King makes some like this also. I'm also told Mann spinnerbaits have the same option.
Here are some options on Amazon.com with most of these having high ratings.
Hope this helps Gregg. Thanks for stopping by.