How to attach your fishing lure to a your line
OBJECTIVE: Attach the Predatek lure in a manner that optimises free movement of the towing-point (eyelet, split ring, or steel plate) and allows the fishing lure to perform at its best.
1. Using a snap or snap-swivel
This is convenient if you want to switch fishing lures frequently. A plain snap gives a better action than a snap swivel.
When trolling, use of a snap-swivel will reduce line twist if the fishing lure becomes tangled after a missed strike, or picks up some foreign material that causes it to spin. Nevertheless, at the risk of those minor inconveniences, it's still better to use a plain snap.
Large snaps or snap-swivels cause problems with Predatek and all brands of small fishing lures. They will degrade performance, acting as a damper on lure action. They can sink a small lure. However, in circumstances where you need the lure to dive deeper, the extra weight of a larger snap-swivel may be what you want.
2. Tying main line or leader directly to the lure
This method is the best for small Predatek fishing lures like MicroMins and MinMins, particularly if you think the appearance of a plain snap or snap-swivel will spook the fish, or the extra weight will degrade the lure's performance.
If the tow-point of the lure does not have a split ring, use a loose, loop-type knot.
If the knot snugs up against the tow-point, it will degrade the fishing lure's performance.
If the tow-point is fitted with a split-ring, it's OK to tie a knot firmly to the ring—because the split-ring itself allows free movement of the tow-point. Just ensure that the knot snugs down into the 'waist' (single wire) section of the split-ring (between the two cut ends). Also ensure that the split-ring wires are firmly closed. If slightly opened, they will allow the line to work off the ring, resulting in a lost lure. You don't want that.
If the split-ring is fatigued (semi-open), it's better to use a wire snap of sufficient gauge to prevent it slipping between the wires—OR replace the split-ring. You also don't want to lose a quality fish because a stretched split-ring allowed your knot or a snap to slip free!