Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
rosspj59

snap weights

9 posts in this topic

Anybody use these much? I generally run 3 ways now. I would prefer to run leadcore, but don't have the funds for more rods/reels. The next best thing would be snap weights right? If you have them, where do you purchase them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Post deleted by Wavey Davey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Snap weight is a weight that clips onto a pinch pad, usually red, that pinches on your line. They can be placed anyplace on your line to troll spinners, spoons, sticks or cranks. Actually anything ca be trolled behind them. When you get a hit you reel up to the snapweight and pinch it off the line and then reel in the fish. They work great for getting baits deeper than their max depth.

Cabelas, Gander, Marine General, Fishermans Corner, Reeds etc. and Off shore boards all offer them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So, say I am pulling a #7 regular shad rap, how far ahead would you put the snap weight then? Also, do you just let line out until the weight hits bottom like a 3 way or how do you know when you let enough line out to keep the lure near bottom? Is there any kind of science to this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Snap weights are usually used for trolling suspended fish. You can put them as far or close to a lure as you want.

Some guys use a 50-50 rule but that depends on what your running and how spooky fish are etc.

Walleye Insider and PWT websites as well as walleye central have some good articles on things like snap weights and bottom bouncing as well as inline weights.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They also have info on snap weights in the trollers bible. 1 oz 20' ahead of your crank will run it 33% deeper then it will run without the weight. Snap weights are highly speed dependent where lead core will rise and fall with speed changes the snap weights will plummet on tighter turns. Not bad for straight ahead fishing though. I have used them a bit on the croix with some success but find the lead core is easier to work with. my .02.

Tunrevir~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info Northlander and Tunrevir.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I started using snap wieghts in June of this year. The best advice I can give is to get the book, "Precision Trolling". It covers snap weights enough to get you started and has dive curves for about any crank bait you want. The other thing is you really need to have a line counter to take the guess work out of things.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the precision trolling!! Just picked it up a short while ago and love it. It is a must have for trollers. It even covers a section on snap weights, like others have said above. Little spendy though, $25-$30, but worth it IMHO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • IRISHSOBNO4
    • Chill62
      Decided to fish Big Detroit saturday with a buddy.  Had bites but my 24 v 75#  trolling motor couldn't keep me in place so that sucked.  When we left the access to go fishing I asked the young man how late they were open till so I could make it back in time to get washed since I was going to fish a different lake on Sunday morning with the nephews.  I will be here till 5:30!  Sounds good see you before 5!  Fishing sucked, Wind BLEW, RAIN SUCKED!  So we packed up at 4:30 drove to access get there around 4:40 and they are gone!  Hot on my heels is a local fishing guide and he wasn't happy also because he had the same game plan.  Was told that there would be one at Melissa till 5 pm religiously.  Got there by 4:55 and they were gone from that lake too.  I honestly don't feel comfortable enough to do a safe job washing since I don't have a pressure washer and I really don't want to spread the Zebra Mussels from lake to lake and I know it was only a few hours 5-6 but honestly whats the point of AIS being there if they don't stay till the house they are supposed to be?  There was an easy half dozen boat trailers still at the access so it wasn't like we were the only two left at the access.  
    • huskybass
      Had some fun Saturday morning crashing through the lily pads on a small metro lake.  2 fish over 5 lbs and every fish absolutely choked the bait.  All I want to do is throw top water now, haha.  Wish I had longer arms or a partner in the boat for a decent photo.  
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      I really hope they don't screw this place up. I love it out there and have done a lot of hunting there. I sure wish there were fewer horse trails. It shouldn't be so easy for hunters to access all the woods. That makes it harder to get away from the guys who want to hunt no more than 50 yds from a gravel road.    The dunes seems like a pretty special place to me. DNR does a lot of things that leave is scratching our heads, let's hope they manage this place properly. 
    • 12345
      Im staying at Arrowwood July 2-5 and looking to catch some 'eyes for a fish fry or 2. Never been to the area before so I dont have much to go by other than my overall knowledge of Walleye fishing elsewhere. Ill probably be fishing early mornings and dusk for obvious reasons, but also because my boat will be used for the majority of the days for entertaining the girlfriends family. Im open to fishing not only Darling, but Carlos and Le Homme Dieu as well. 

      From what ive read and can see on Google Earth, the lakes are pretty clear, and from experience, usually means tough walleye fishing for this time of year. -I grew up fishing Woman Lake in the Longville/Hackensack area and that lake is as clear as they come. The only way we can snag some 'eyes in the summer is to fish the deep weed lines. Is that the approach I should be taking on these lakes? Does dragging rapalas across mid-lake flats produce? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      Thanks,

      Gavin.
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      Ha, I've read stories about that lake being filthy. And I know about those warnings on the link you posted I just wonder if this stuff is blown out of proportion. Reason being I can't find any confirmed cases of people having mercury poisoning from eating freshwater fish. I know mercury poisoning does exist but can we really get it from fish? You'd think if we could then there would be cases down south where folks are eating catfish from the Mississippi.    We ate a few 30+" Pike during the ice season, I ate more than my wife, and I only did that from lakes that are safer according to DNR and MDH fish tissue surveys. I kept it to once a week for her and I ate the rest. I went over the one meal a week rule several times for myself, but then went a while without taking home fish while the season was closed. I'm not glowing yet haha.    I also don't understand why walleye are always the riskiest fish to eat per those surveys when Pike are above them on the food chain. 
    • h8go4s
      Surely they have a Terrova on the floor. Doesn't matter what size THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME. Also, boat dealers have showrooms with all kinds of stuff mounted on boats.
    • BringAnExtension
    • monstermoose78
      Stopped in this morning and it looks like it should be good to go. 
    • ZachD
      http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/eating/kidmom/index.html