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Old 11-07-2018, 08:54 PM
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Lure snaps - trying to get a top ten list together

I'd be interested to hear what lure snaps everyone is using these days.

I buy 100 packs of ebay cheapies 3-5c each which are super strong and reliable - The small size I used for bream are about 9mm long and can handle 30lb of drag before opening up. (massive overkill - but the stated breaking strain was 11lb)

I also have the 15mm and 20mm version of the same clip and they are super strong - the 15mm got to 44lb before I got scared and stopped pulling on the scales.

But I just saw a post about Mustad quick attach snaps which got me thinking - changing tiny snaps in the middle of winter when your fingers dont work isnt much fun.

So if you have a preferred brand and style of snap - feel free to add it here so I can add it to a poll
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:26 PM
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Just started using the Gamakatsu Hyper EZ Snap EZ Lock System and have to say they are brilliant.

Problem I have had with most of them is that it is too hard to open and securely close the snaps. I find it super easy to open and close even in the small size I use for my bream lures.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:50 PM
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Think ive posted about the Mustads. I love em but can be a pain depending how recessed the tow point is into the bib. Rust in the blink of an eye if you dont rinse em too. Besides that ive not had any issues.

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:40 PM
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I suffer from 'fat finger' syndrome but finally found a snap I could manage: Black Magic swivel with snap. I remove the swivel and just use the snap. I use the 2-3kg for my breaming. I have found the need to check that it is locked in place from time to time - I hate seeing an hb flying off into the distance but not conected to my leader as I use a loop knot attached to the snap - but I have not had any other issues with them. When snagged my leader/braid knot has always let go before the snap. Regards HBt.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:42 PM
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I have always used Decoy snaps in both the smallest and the second smallest sizes. I find the smallest size are very hard to use as they're just too small for my fat fingers to manipulate. I've never had one fail me and that's probably because I only use 4lb leaders most of the time.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:03 AM
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I think the ones I use are the literally the cheapest ones on ebay, they were $3 or so for 100 9 x 4.5mm. I suppose they will be $3.30 thanks to "Gerry". I say that like Newman used to say "Jerry" in episodes of Seinfeld.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:18 AM
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I think the ones I use are the literally the cheapest ones on ebay, they were $3 or so for 100 9 x 4.5mm. I suppose they will be $3.30 thanks to "Gerry". I say that like Newman used to say "Jerry" in episodes of Seinfeld.
We might be shopping at the same place - I'd usually say they are an impressive snap for the price - but those snaps would be impressive at any price.

I'll find an ebay link when I get home

Edit - my guy isnt selling them anymore

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Old 12-07-2018, 12:33 AM
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I have always used Decoy snaps in both the smallest and the second smallest sizes. I find the smallest size are very hard to use as they're just too small for my fat fingers to manipulate. I've never had one fail me and that's probably because I only use 4lb leaders most of the time.
Yeah I used to use them aswell but I'm a tight arse and 50c+ a snap didnt seem quite right to me. Those little decoys are rated to break at around 20lb - I've never scaled tested them but I'd go along with that

I fish most nights after work so I can churn through a bit of tackle - so I was very pleasantly surprised to find 3c snaps performing well above expectations
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I suffer from 'fat finger' syndrome but finally found a snap I could manage: Black Magic swivel with snap. I remove the swivel and just use the snap. I use the 2-3kg for my breaming. I have found the need to check that it is locked in place from time to time - I hate seeing an hb flying off into the distance but not conected to my leader as I use a loop knot attached to the snap - but I have not had any other issues with them. When snagged my leader/braid knot has always let go before the snap. Regards HBt.
Yeah - I trim my nails real short, which is great for not getting dirt under them - but not so good for small lure clips - there are times, especially after a manicure, that needle nose jewellers pliers save the day
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:52 AM
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Think ive posted about the Mustads. I love em but can be a pain depending how recessed the tow point is into the bib. Rust in the blink of an eye if you dont rinse em too. Besides that ive not had any issues.

Yeah HB tow points are why I use a slightly larger clip these days

That rusting doesnt sound ideal - thanks for the heads up
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:53 AM
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I have always used Decoy snaps in both the smallest and the second smallest sizes. I find the smallest size are very hard to use as they're just too small for my fat fingers to manipulate. I've never had one fail me and that's probably because I only use 4lb leaders most of the time.
ive opened up the smallest decoys on a snag on 4lb.
as with everyone else here, even with skinny fingers i find the decoys a bit fiddly to open and close on a cold day.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:57 AM
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Just started using the Gamakatsu Hyper EZ Snap EZ Lock System and have to say they are brilliant.

Problem I have had with most of them is that it is too hard to open and securely close the snaps. I find it super easy to open and close even in the small size I use for my bream lures.
Yeah just had a look at those - they appear to have a slightly longer wire loop than average, which would explain the ease of opening - the size #1 are rated to 15kg so they sound plenty strong aswell

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Old 12-07-2018, 01:24 AM
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ive opened up the smallest decoys on a snag on 4lb.
as with everyone else here, even with skinny fingers i find the decoys a bit fiddly to open and close on a cold day.
Yeah that cant be confidence inspiring - any chance you left the clip open? Or are the decoys you bought a particularly fine wire clip?
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:04 AM
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Decoy round snap size 00

They are a pain but I use pliers to open and close. I also find rhem easier put onto the split ring or tow point with the pliers.
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Another fan of the Decoy snaps here. We have used them for many years for our estuary work but prefer the Mustard fastach clasps for offshore work. Both have issues with cold weather and stupid fingers that refuse to do what i want but other than that they are excellent.
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