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Old 05-07-2009, 03:03 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Canalman View Post

And with regard to weakness, if you do the job properly nothing is going to straighten or break those hooks--that is unless you use 700-pound test.

I've never seen one fail or known anyone I fish with to have one fail over 5+ years of cutting VMC's for plugs that require it. I'm not saying it doesn't or can't happen, just that it's rare.

When putting them on the amount you open them is critical. You should ideally almost have to force the wire of the swivel through the gap.

Some cutters make a slice that requires forcing the hook further open then others. Ones that cut straight through need to be opened further while those that cut at an angle don't require as much tweaking.

As Canalman said, there's a time and place for both.
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