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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:39 pm Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
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Location: United States
So, having never changed a hook out on a lure before, I was happy to find out there is a tool for the job!

Looks like the highest rated split ring pliers I could find are the Texas Tackle SSPlit-Ring Pryers.

http://www.texastackle.com/pliers.htm

Here is a review of them:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewtexastacklesplitringpliers.html

I just ordered the large size from Cabelas:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Texas-Tackle-Split-Ring-Pliers/743090.uts

Next are the split rings themselves, which need to be upgraded from 1X on most lures.

I was only able to find 2X stainless and 3X stainless versions.

http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=1987

I am inclined to go after the 3X, but they have an extra ring, so I am not sure they will fit in the lure eyes and that the hooks eye will be large enough as well.

So here are the questions:
1. Are 2X split rings good enough ... has anyone ever had one of those broken on a Peacock?
2. Anyone use the 3X or find a better alternative?
3. Anything else I should know about split rings?

Thank you for the advice!
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Here is a how-to I found as well 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:40 pm Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
Posts: 238
Location: United States
http://www.lyndenhuggins.com/fishing/howto/replacetreblehooks/replacetreblehooks.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:10 pm Reply with quote
Dan Hanon
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Art,

The Texas Tackle split-ring pliers are great, get them in "large" with the green handles.

Buy Owner Hyperwire split rings in size 6 for minnow jerkbaits and size 7 for large topwater baits, although you could just use the size 6 for both. Don't buy any size 5's, they're a little too small for my liking. Last year, Cabelas had them on sale for about 50% off. Bob Daly really likes the Wolverine Triple Coil split rings, but they're heavier. I don't think you need the triple coils for peacocks, just my opinion.

After you have replaced the hooks and split rings, always test how the lure "sits in the water" in the sink or bathtub. Compare two lures side by side, one "out of the box" and one that you have changed out hardware. It's nice, if you live in a warm area, to practice using the lures in a swimming pool or pond.

Dan Hanon



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:43 pm Reply with quote
Rick Swain
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I actually prefer the Joe Bucher rings, I buy 2 sizes, 1 for the chopper baits and one for ther jerkbaits, they never straighten them buggers out !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:54 pm Reply with quote
Bob Daly
Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Posts: 255
Location: Whiting, Indiana
AS Dan mentions I would use the Owner rings. For peacocks you do not need the Wolverine rings as you do when dorado fishing. HOwever I would also change out the hooks to razor sharp/strong hooks made by Owner also.
Best of luck, Bob Daly
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