….here is the solution.
You have been fishing for a few hours, and your perch snells are starting to look a little rough. I have the solution for when employing spreaders, and that third bottom hook on a standard perch rig. Most anglers have them, and you can get them at just about any chain store, if not some of your better bait shops…the swivel!
Installing them on a spreader is easy! Like this plain spreader I picked up from Janns Netcraft, just slide up the coiled springs, slide one end of the swivel into the loop section and slide the coil back down to lock it down. Then just slide the loop section of your snell into the other end and run the hook section through and snug down.
Now when you are fighting fish, they are fighting a second and third swivel on your spreader set up. It reduces line twist, kinks …. etc! Now, I did mention the perch rigs too. If you are from Michigan, you know you can use three hooks on each rig. You have the standard two up on top like any normal set-up, but over the last two or three years we have been using a 3rd snell down on the snap where you place the weight. I like 1 oz by the way.
If any hook is going to get torn up, it seems like it is this one gets the most damage. If your experience is anything like mine, all the action comes on this hook, and the snell of the bottom lear. That is the wire arm sticking out from the rig, I use the term all the time, but some readers might be new. What I like about the swivel on the snap is two-fold. One reason, no more twisting and the snell lasts all day. The second reason is that it keeps my loop away from the wire of the snap itself. Without fail, at some point during a day of fishing my loop gets hung up on the closure portion. If the snell is going to break, this is where it is going to happen, so I eliminated some of the risk of losing a big perch! Win…WIN!!!!
Type of swivel is up to you, will you have better luck with ball bearing swivel…yes. Will you/could you spend more money on them… yes. For my purposes a crane swivel works just fine. Either way, if one place sells one type, they usually sell the other, so will leave that option up to you.
Give the swivel idea a shot if you have had some pretty snells on your spreaders and rigs at the end of the day, it works and you will not be out a ton of money if you get a couple of swivels. It is well worth the small investment, and if you happen to be crazy about fishing like me, you probably have them lying around already. Like me, your biggest problem just might be finding where you put them last!