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ball bearing swivels?

Discussion in 'Tackle Talk' started by WLB, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. WLB

    WLB Northern Ohio Fisherman

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    Does anyone use any other ball bearing swivel than Sampo on thier spinnerbaits? I use alot of 1/8 -1/4 oz spinnerbaits and it takes a good swivel to let the blade turn. I make a few of my own baits and have tried a few that never work as well as sampo, just lookin for something with a little lower cost, and thought by now someone cut the cost on a quality swivel? Thanks
     

  2. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    I've used both kinds of swivels on spinner baits. Last year I started using Crane swivels and haven't had a bit of problems. I made over 100 spinnerbaits this year with out a problem. The only problem I've had with bearing type is the Northern pike break them easily. Not sure why. That's why I tried the Crane type. So far so good. Besides they are about 1/2 the cost and work as well for me.
     
  3. Corey

    Corey OGF Team-Charter Member

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    I use a ball bearing, Sampo type swivel I buy in bulk from either of 2 companies; Hagen's or Worth. They run about $200/thousand. They have been good so far. Like Dale, I also use the Crane style at times. They are a good alternative, being much cheaper than the ball bearing and much better than barrel swivels. I sell the Crane #10 Nickel swivels for $34/thousand if anyone is interested.
     
  4. WLB

    WLB Northern Ohio Fisherman

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    Thanks for the tips.
    I've used Janns swivels, some in the hundred worked some were crap. I checked out those crane swivels and may give them a try. Does anyone know what kind of swivel the strikeking spinnerbaits use? I have a couple that spin good.
    I like using #3 colorado, fished slow and a sampo seemed to be the only thing that was consistant. I'm just messin around lookin for differnt ideas :)