I was told that all hardbaits, crankbaits etc. should always have an o-ring to tie on to. If the bait does not come with one when new, you should put one on. Thoughts?
o-ring or not to o-ring on lures?
good topic... JamesD with quality information as usual
If it was a weedless lure I would agree with you,but a crankbait with a lip and two or three hooks hanging down weedless they are not.
The cleaner you keep the eyelet the less chance there is of picking up weeds etc. CARPIO
I replace all round split rings with oval on casting plugs,on trolling plugs like flicker shads I use duo snaps.The only time I do not do this is with floating raps that I fish on top.
Absolutely! Take off the split ring first! CARPIO
Lures that cannot be used without split ring get retired. Those are ones where wire bend is below face of plastic lip.
JamesD - thanks so much for that
I'm with Mr. Carpio on this one. The second pic has a split ring that was pulled out to the point where I almost lost the fish. The first pic shows a duo-lock snap, oval split ring, and what might be called a quick clip. The snap gets the nod for most of my fishing. Sometimes I just take the ring off the nose of the lure. Other times I leave it on but snap directly to the nose. When pike smash off hooks on a plug, I put new ones on with the oval split rings.
Use a Kwik Klip. On an O ring your line can move down into the part of the ring that forms it and therefore can weaken the line. I have the Klips on all of my cranks and jigging raps. You’re less likely to catch less weeds etc because it’s less bulky than a snap/snap swivel. CARPIO
oops - yes split ring