IMO it is critical. Big Lings will twist and turn and that pipe jig becomes a leverage point to pull the hook. You have already spent the money on pipe,lead and hooks. Couple dollars more on a swivel and you are goldenhow important is it to have the hook connected to a swivel?
Very important to use a swivel unless you enjoy having fish (especially big lings) come off when they twist and roll... If you enjoy that sort of thing then bypass the swivel.how important is it to have the hook connected to a swivel?
These are how I rig mine for the most part. One exception is that I now add a split ring between the cotter pin and the swivel. With the right twist, your swivels will bind on the cotter pin and the leverage will brake/separate your swivel. This happened to me once (was more than likely a one in a hundred chance of it binding) I use 200# boone black crane swivels. I was able to recreate this on the beach after the trip. It doesn't take too much force to snap a swivel in half when the force is across the swivel. Roll the bones will never let me live that day down!thanks alot for the help, i finally got a chance to make some, i melted dive weights in some angle iron on a slope with a propane torch and dripped it into the pipe. hopefully they catch fish!!!
James - A couple pointers:
Seems in the Ocean when you drop a pipe jig down you get a bite shortly thereafter. Inside, I have not had any success with pipe jigs. None of the guys I know have had any luck inside either. We all leave them on the beach when fishing inside now.How much weight is needed in the straits (PA) I know big tides/winds will require more.
I like the circle hooks. I've been using them more and still can't figure out how that little opening makes it happen (hook up), but it does. I've never lost a fish once hooked with a circle hook and never had a gut hooked fish. Started using them when I was living in North Carolina and they made a believer out of me. When using bait, remember not to set the hook, let the fish seal it's fate. Since I'm not usually paying attention, this is perfect for me...Since were showing how, here is what I do and I don't lose as many at the rock pile and have no trouble catching fish on them !! Also I have had some excellent success in the straits with pipe jigs so they do work but I still think bait is more effective inside !!