small but significant
- Author: Niu Chin Lip
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- Post Date: 10.10.2015
Terminal tackle consist of items that are attached to the fishing line. Hook, sinker, float, swivel, snap swivel, ring & whatnot. Hook has been covered in a previous article so this one will focus on the vital rest.
Understanding their usage is easy peasy but to select the optimal size requires some fishing experience. The multitude of circumstances affecting this selection process is infinite. In short, there is no fixed rule. The clueless however, is advised to start with the smallest possible & then make changes as needed.
Apart from its self-explanatory duty, sinker enhance casting distance. But that does not mean one should grab the biggest lying around with the intention of launching it halfway across the globe. Factors like depth, frequency of underwater structure or fish wariness should be taken into consideration.
Some of the commonly used sinkers. Name & description is given below.
|1. Ball Sinker||does not snag easily. it will roll around when there is current|
|2. Egg Sinker||more casting accuracy than the ball sinker due to its aerodynamic shape|
|3. Double Cone Sinker||better casting accuracy & catches less debris in flowing water|
|4. Split Shot Sinker||used when accurate & incremental weight is required such as shotting a float|
|5. Barrel Sinker||makes very little noise when landing onto water & catches least debris|
|6. Bullet Sinker||easy to glide through water vegetations. usually used with soft plastics|
|7. Dipsey Sinker||descends well to the bottom making it good for saltwater bottom fishing|
|8. Bank Sinker||descends well to the bottom making it good for saltwater bottom fishing|
|9. Pyramid Sinker||suitable for surf fishing when the current is not too strong|
|10. Breakaway Sinker||grips well on sandy bottom. excellent for surf fishing in rough conditions|
Snap, Snap Swivels & Rings
Swivel is for preventing line twist by permitting bait, lure or other parts of a rig to revolve. Snap swivel does the same with an added feature. The snap facilitates the quick change of bait, lure, sinker, float or rig.
A list of commonly used snaps, snap swivels & rings.
|1. Barrel Swivel||cheapest thus prone to locking up under extreme pressure|
great for short duels or those with low drag setting
|2. Crane Swivel||slightly pricier & outperforms barrel swivel when under pressure|
ideal for most conditions
|3. Rolling Swivel||better rotating capability than the barrel or crane swivel|
for lures which spins heavily like spinnerbait, inline spinnerbait & spoon
|4. Heavy Duty Swivel||exceptional strength & durability|
big game fishing
|5. Ball Bearing Swivel||having ball bearings mean it can turn freely even under extreme pressure|
for heavy spinning lures or long fights with big fish
|6. Box Swivel||open body which allows water & sand to flow through|
good for surf fishing
|7. High Speed Rolling Swivel||upgraded version of the rolling swivel|
to deal with extreme line twist
|8. Three Way Swivel||the extra eye allows bait & sinker to be attached separately|
allows the bait to be suspended
|9. Safety Snap Swivel||to hold sinker or float|
not for holding lure or hook due to its tendency to open under pressure
|10. Coastlock Snap Swivel||strong & spacious design |
to hold thick nylon rigs such as the dropper loop for saltwater fishing
|11. Crosslock Snap Swivel||strongest of all snap design|
applicable where strength is the main concern
|12. Duolock Snap Swivel||light & allow lures likes crankbait to move naturally|
suitable for a wide variety of lures
|13. Interlock Snap Swivel||to hold sinker or float|
not recommended for heavy duty use
|14. Hook Snap Swivel||to hold sinker or float|
easy to open making it great for quick changes
|15. Split Ring||linking treble to lure or to directly hold saltwater jig or popper|
exclusion of snap in saltwater jig or popper eliminates a critical weak link
|16. Solid Ring||usually for holding assist hook|
this will allow the assist hook to swing freely for a livelier presentation
Float acts as a bite indicator, a propeller of lightweight bait & a controller of bait's depth. A dry twig can act as a float. So does an empty plastic bottle or even the balloon from your kid's party. Basically, almost any floatable object can be used as a float.
For the sake of practicality, let us focus only on commercially made ones. Some are designed with visual detection in mind such as bright colours or a glow stick holder. Others may opt for stealth like the uncoloured wooden float. While its variety & design is plentiful, we will focus only on the mainstream.
These are the mainstream float designs.
|1. Round plastic float||clip-on line makes it easy for beginner but prone to line damage|
|2. EVA weighted float||self-cocking, excellent casting distance & comes in several variants|
|3. Slip-in float||slip-in design does not damage the line|
|4. Waggler float||versatile - applicable in shallow or deepwater & in fast or slow moving water|
|5. Pole float||very light & sensitive allowing it to detect subtle bites|
|6. Stick float||designed for river fishing|
|7. Glow stick holder||for use in lowlight conditions|
|8. Water filled float||to launch lightweight bait or lures like bread & fly|