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kblue wrote:In your picture,
you may not need to protect knots. But without bead, sinker swivel may get stuck in the main line knot, which may defeat the purpose of fish finder concept.
without bead, swivel can also be twisted with line... bead makes smooth line passing thru swivel
But there may be some issue with fish finder rig in your picture,
If this rig is used on rocky area, sinker gets snagged by rock, then you may have to cut out main line.
Also, when you have a big fish, fish can pull the line and gets into a hole and then your sinker get snagged.
For this reason, we also use short (about 2") breakaway line between sinker and swivel...
For this breakaway-line set up, bead seems more important than your picture as it makes less tangle between short 2" breakaway line and leader line.
If you use egg sinker with fish finder rig, bead also protects knots... When you have 8 oz sinker, this becomes a problem.
In my case, I add small piece of rubber tube before knot. so knot --> rubber tube --> bead -->egg sinker
This is just me. I've never seen anyone else using small rubber tube like me...
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