The use of crimping gear is most commonly associated with bluewater fishing as crimps tend to be the most effective on heavy lines. We have addressed a number of bluewater fishing methods so we figured we take a moment to go through a few important points on crimping and how they pertain to soft-baits.
Crimps: Crimp sleeves come in a variety of sizes and they should be matched appropriately to the lb test that you are using. Most crimps will be sized according to a range between two lb tests, such as 80-100lb test.
There are Two Types of Crimps:
Great for forming connecting loops with monofilament and fluorocarbon leader up to 150lb test.
Great for attaching dropper connections on daisy chains.
Crimping tools vary quite a bit in quality and price. A better quality tool will last for multiple seasons.
Instructions for Crimping
- Select the appropriate crimps. See chart below for approximate sizing.
- Insert leader into the crimp sleeve. Use appropriate groove on crimping tool. They should be sized for a variety of crimp sleeve and labeled as such. Too big or too small will result in a weak crimp.
- (Optional) Some anglers will “touch” the crimp with groove that is one size down to impart just enough pressure to impact the crimp but not enough for full pressure.