How To Make A Perfect Crimp For Monster Fish
Consistently catching the biggest fish requires a lot of attention to the details of your gear. Rod and reel maintenance, proper care for your boat, catching and caring for your bait and a host of other factors that most people don't think about. If the small details are not perfect, the day becomes a total loss.
Scott Walker is a detail guy. He pays attention to every detail making sure that there are no holes in his game. Knots and rigging are incredibly important as they are the ultimate end of the connection to the fish that you have worked so hard to catch. If your line breaks, or your knot slips, the lost fish is entirely your fault and is unacceptable in this world.
With larger and larger fish comes larger and larger tackle. In order to rig properly for some fish, a crimp is necessary to form the connection in 200-400 lb test rather than a hand tied knot. Scott Walker discusses what makes a great crimp and shows two examples of poor crimps as well. His main points are:
1. Make sure that you are using the right size crimp for the line you are using
2. Position the crimping tool just inside the edge of the crimp so it creates a 45 degree collar
3. Crimp both sides and achieve the 45 degree collar
4. A properly installed crimp will be 100% strength
Also, Scott shows 2 poorly executed crimps. The most common problems with crimps are:
1. Laying the crimp in the crimping tool improperly which smashes the crimps flat and severely weakens the connection. Your crimp should not be smashed flat.
2. Using the crimping tool too close to the edge of the crimp will create a sharp edge that can cut the line.
Watch the video below closely and you will be able to make a perfect crimp every time. Leave a comment below.