Category: terminal tackle

Hi Italo hope all is well. My question is regarding use of barrel swivels for vertical jigging. I run braid line with mono or fluorocarbon leader tied with a uni knot without any noticeable line twist or any other issues. I recently read a post and it said if you don’t run a swivel your jig is actually spinning underwater and creating an un-natural presentation and that got me thinking. What are your thoughts on this and do you recommend a swivel for vertical jigging walleye in rivers with heavy current or just braid to fluorocarbon with line to line knot. Thanks

Posted on March 11th, 2022

Hi Rad, its a good idea to use a swivel to connect your fluorocarbon leader to your main line when you are vertical jigging. The best swivels to use are ball-bearing swivels that easily adjust to any line twist. I try and use the smallest possible depending on how heavy of line I am using and the size of the fish I am going after….God bless you.

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Hi Italo, I want to tie my own jigging assist hooks but can’t find any jigging assist line retailer in Ontario. Can you assist, Or suggest an alternative ? Thank you.

Posted on March 6th, 2022

Hi Roy, best suggestion I can make is to order the line and hooks directly from Amazon, https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=jig+assist+hooks&gclid=Cj0KCQiA95aRBhCsARIsAC2xvfx0i1P2b4ZWQyRxVcpmNGCuUEYESIQMCV962xcPS6g7UjhexacEgz8aApfwEALw_wcB&hvadid=538240948502&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9047918&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=10023930273298757683&hvtargid=kwd-300167052459&hydadcr=29143_11354747&tag=googcana-20&ref=pd_sl_1exgj5w79f_e .

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Hi ItaloI use small crankbaits trolled slowly when fishing for walleye. I get occasional bite offs from pike. Is there a leader you would recommend that doesn’t affect a light finesse lures action? I often use no heavier than an 8lb fluorocarbon leader in fear of limiting the lures action. Thank you, Stu

Posted on October 21st, 2021

The thinnest, lowest diameter leader you can use is made out of Titanium.  You can purchase pre-made Titanium leaders or purchase a spool of Titanium wire and tie your own to the length you like….God bless you.

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What type and size of leader should I use for bass in pike waters with 3, 4 and 5 inch swimbaits and also 5 inch worms?

Posted on August 20th, 2021

If the water is clear I would either use a 14″, 30lb. Fluorocarbon leader or 30lb Titanium leader. Neither should interfere with the presentation of the swimbaits or plastic worm. However, the Fluorocarbon would be less visible to the fish…God bless you.

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Hi Italian,This may be a silly question but want to understand how to tie a leader. I know how to tie a fluorocarbon line directly to braid but can I use 2 snaps together? I use 20 lb braided line and at the end of that I have a snap. Can my leader have a snap the connects to my braided snap?Hope this makes sense. I am trying to save time when changing lures.Thank you

Posted on April 3rd, 2021

Of course you can. If you’re casting you may be limited on how long a leader you use so that you don’t have too much line hanging down from the to snap-swivels. If you’re trolling it would be much easier since you don’t have to cast. Having two snap-swivels “in-line” may may it a little bulkier and may take away the action if you are using smaller/lighter lures…God bless you.

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What leeder do you recommend for pike? Also, should I remove the leeder when bass season starts?

Posted on June 4th, 2020

Hi Rich, when I’m just targeting pike and have the chance of booking one over 36” I use a stainless steel “black” leader or a Titanium leader (http://hooklineandsinker.ca/stringease-tackle/olympus-digital-camera-347/  ). My leader is not long, usually 8-12”. If I’m targeting bass & walleye and I have the chance of booking a pike incidentally, especially using crankbaits & slash-baits I use a 20-30lb. test fluorocarbon leader. If I’m fishing clear-water for bass and walleye and I don’t expect to hook any pike I use a 10 or 12 lb test fluorocarbon leader. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo.

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Hi italo hows it going? I received from someone stinger type jigs with larger hook to attache a stinger hook? Never really felt the need to use ,but in which situation would this setup most be useful?thks for your time enjoy your weekend 👍

Posted on May 12th, 2020

Hi Adriano, stinger hooks are good to use when fish like walleye are very lethargic and bite “short” of the main hook. The Detroit River fishery is a good example. There are times when there are thousands of walleye in the river laying close to the bottom and they are so inactive that when you get a hit, they only hit part of the soft-plastic and the fish is missed. Other times when you use live bait like nightcrawlers or minnows and you get strikes but the fish only bite off part of the worm or just mark the baitfish that is also a good time to rig a stinger hook on a jighead…God bless you.

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Snaps, swivels, split rings. What do you suggest for each type of lure – jigs, spoons, crank baits, spinners, drop shot rig. Assume mono or floro with no leader. Rainbow as one category, lake/bull as a second category.

Posted on April 29th, 2020

Hi Steven, for fishing jigs and drop shot rigs I don’t use terminal tackle when tying the hooks to the line. I do however use an “in-line” swivel to connect my fluorocarbon leader to the main line to avoid any line twist. If I’m using a spoon or spinner I either use a snap-swivel at the lure, or an inline swivel at the top of the fluorocarbon leader anywhere from 14-24” away. If I fish for toothy fish with a spoon, spinner, jig or crankbait I use a wire leader that is equipped with a snap at one end and a swivel at the other end. For both rainbows and bulls I would use a 4-12lb test fluorocarbon leader depending on the size of fish I might hook with the smallest terminal tackle…God bless you.

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In Alberta lakes it appears that we can use lures with 3 trebles as the rule states you can use a three hook lure and a hook can have three points. Not so clear in BC where they haven’t defined what a lure can have. Any ideas?

Posted on April 29th, 2020

Hi Steven, as far as I know you can use a treble hook for fishing saltwater bottom fish, but for their freshwater fishing you are restricted to fish a single, barbless hook. When we fish in BC freshwater we normally have to cut off trebles on spinners and spoons and replace a single in the right size with a split ring…God bless you.

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Do you know of anywhere you can buy the slab grabber spoon in the Toronto area. Where would you recommend early crappie or perch fishing.I do no have access to an app can you use your computer for Ufindfish? With much thanks George

Posted on March 12th, 2020

Hi George, Slab Grabbers or Smackin’ Spoons are usually sold by ice-fishing bait shops along Lake Simcoe. You may want to call the Keswick, ON tackle shops when they are open to see if they sell them. I don’t know of any stores in the GTA that sell them. I would encourage you to order them online: https://www.amazon.ca/Smackin-Jack-Starter-Lure-Pack-Large/dp/B004BTDMTW God bless you, Italo

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