Category: terminal tackle

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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Sir,Needing to switch many of my Rapalas to ONE SINGLE VMC 7238 {B.C. law} & need to know size and hook orientation. Old charts show only a few with hook points oriented up to body where point contacts body. Is this correct?Have multiples of CD-3/5/7, DTFAT-3, SP-5, SR5/7, SCRCD-05, SCRC-07, SCRS-05/07, SSCRC-05/07, SP-05, F-7, CD-7, XR-1O, SXRM-10, 9 RT, HJ=8 TSD, J-9, FR5&7, & RNR5/7.Appreciate any information you can provide. Rapala suggested I contact you & admitted their charts were sketchy/out of date.

Posted on December 3rd, 2019

Hi Len, nice to hear from you. The VMC 7238 has a short shank and would work fine as a single barbless hook for your Rapalas. If you are changing spinner or spoon trebles to singles I would suggest you use the VMV 9171 which has a longer shaft and works well with both types of metal lures. For the Rapala lures I suggest you increase one or two hook sizes based on the existing treble size that is on the lure. Attach the single hook to the end of the lure facing up (not the center or front), this will produce better hook-ups in the upper snout of the fish and also to one side or another above the maxillary where a barbless hook will hold much better (rather then the thin tissue in between the maxillary and head in the bottom-half of the mouth, or the thin tissue lining the inside of the lower jaw. Make sure to remove the split ring from any other hooks you are removing (if there are additional trebles on the lure). Test one of the VMC 7238 carefully using two pliers and see if you can gently open the hook-eye to one side just enough to slide over the tail-eye of the lure. Careful as the VMC hook could snap (they are high carbon). If you can it’s best to attach the new hook directly to the hook-eye on the lure which will insure the hook point will rise up. If the test hook breaks, use the split ring to attach. The split-ring works ok but the hook will “swivel” slightly from side to side as there will be more horizontal pivot (articulation), produces by the split-ring. Hope you have a great time and hook-up lots of BC fish. I am planning on filming on the rivers 800 miles north of Vancouver, BC the last week in Aug…God bless you,

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What is a Nipissing Jig? Can u please send me a photograph?Thank u Italo

Posted on April 11th, 2019

Hi Maxell, a Nipissing Jig is a  jighead that has single-hook stinger hook tied to it.  The “classic” Nipissing Jig has a stand-up head jig, but you can use any shape jighead. Most people fish a Nipissing Jig with either a half or full nightcrawler or a live minnow or leech….God bless you.

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Hi Italo, what type and size of single hook would you recommend for smallmouth bass fishing? I still fish on the bottom usually. Thank you!

Posted on March 30th, 2019

Hi Dako, if you are using nightcrawlers I would suggest a VMC #4 Baitholder hook,  the two barbs on the back of the longer shaft of the hook will help keep the worm from sliding down. If you are using minnows I suggest a VMC #4 Octopus hook. It’s lightweight,  short-shaft, strong and very sharp….God bless you.

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In the show.River smallmouth bass tactics you used a blade bait that looks amazing. I thought you said it was a Storm but I can’t find one that looks like the one you were using. Please identify this blade bait and where I can find it. I found the warble heads at fms. Thanks ….love your show.

Posted on February 17th, 2019

Hi Skip, thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoy our TV shows and videos. Glad you found the MFS Baits website. That plastic blade bait I was using is the Storm Thunder Blade,  https://www.fishandsave.com/cat/202/Crankbait/products/152180/Storm-ThunderBlade-TB09396-Gold-Flo.-Red  . Comes in one size that is ideal for ice and open water fishing. You can vertical jig it, or cast and retrieve it and jig it as well….God bless you.

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