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    I FISH FOR STRIPERS/STEELHEAD/SALMON AND OTHERS/WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER/MUSICIAN
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  1. I ordered and have been using TA clips to tide me over while waiting for the Breakaways. The TA clips are a thicker metal and I get separation in the clip after a number of plug changes. Nothing is perfect to a perfectionist I suppose...
  2. It was actually my friend who had the issue with the frayed line and it probably was more a case of old or nicked leader... My real contention with the clips is that they were NON-quenched, cheaper, stainless steel, Made in China (rather than in UK like the originals) and that the length and angle of the inner post was different in a way that made fast lure change not an option and strike king jig heads nearly impossible to attach. And the BIGGEST issue is that he lied to me about what I would be getting before I paid $30 for 100 clips I will end up tossing. I actually was able to order from a guy on eBay (IN THE UK) for way cheaper than I could get them from Veal's. When I get them, I will forward the info. My cost was $46 for 150 SL2 clips. Below is one of said clips in action...
  3. The lost fish were from the black powder coating rubbing my shock leader out, not failure of the clip itself. The Breakaway SL-2 rated for 50# has never failed me on big plugs/fish. I'm fishing freshwater and running 30# Sufix 832 and either Maxima UG 25# or P-Line CXX Xtra Strong 17# mono for a shock leader (depending on rod/reel) People who have a fast clip fail are usually using too heavy a line. For instance, most guys fish 65# braid for stripers and wonder why they bend out snaps and hooks on a 30# fish. You can't over-torque at both ends and not expect failure in the middle... I agree that TA clips are good but that the metal is too thick and they also tend to separate (inner curve from outer) and thus leave a gap. Thanks for your input.
  4. The lost fish were from the black powder coating rubbing my shock leader out, not failure of the clip itself. The Breakaway SL-2 rated for 50# has never failed me on big plugs/fish. I'm fishing freshwater and running 30# Sufix 832 and either Maxima UG 25# or P-Line CXX Xtra Strong 17# mono for a shock leader (depending on rod/reel) People who have a fast clip fail are usually using too heavy a line. For instance, most guys fish 65# braid for stripers and wonder why they bend out snaps and hooks on a 30# fish. You can't over-torque at both ends and not expect failure in the middle... I agree that TA clips are good but that the metal is too thick and they also tend to separate (inner curve from outer) and thus leave a gap. Thanks for your input.
  5. I use Rosco #53 Duolock snaps for all of my lighter duty striper lures The Breakaway SL-2 rated for 50# is money for bigger plugs/fish. I'm fishing freshwater and running 30# Sufix 832 and either Maxima UG 25# or P-Line CXX Xtra Strong 17# mono for a shock leader (depending on rod/reel) People who have a fast clip fail are usually using too heavy a line. For instance, most guys fish 65# braid for stripers and wonder why they bend out snaps and hooks on a 30# fish. You can't over-torque at both ends and not expect failure in the middle...
  6. Thanks brother I immediately emailed their shop and asked them to confirm they had the originals. I appreciate your response Mark
  7. It's not like I'm yankin' on 50lb stripers all the time either lol.. .I'm a west coaster, In 45 years of striper fishing in California, I've landed 6 fish 50# or slightly better but hundreds in the 30-45# class. The problem with the separation of the TA clips is more related to use and plug swapping than fish thrashing. I have gone back to the TA clips but I like a stealthy presentation so use the smaller ones and because of their smaller size and thicker metal, they don't have the optimal clearance required to quickly snap a jig head on and off. The old Breakaways were awesome. I will continue using the TA clips until I find the old Breakaways or something better. Hell, maybe I'll engineer a clip to my personal specs... Thanks for the reply
  8. Sorry to hear it because they are crap.
  9. Hello fellow striper junkies. I am looking for some help here to figure if the ORIGINAL BREAKAWAY SL-2 SPIN LINK CLIPS are now a thing of the past. I used to be able to get them online through eBay or at Saltwater Edge back east but now it seems that the patent has been copied and/or shared by a guy in Texas who took the original clip and had it made in China out of inferior materials. The original clip was solid and strong and without issue when it came to plug and jig swapping. The new style however, is a nightmare and has cost me a couple of plugs and 50lb stripers... I bought a 100 pack from (Nickaway from Breakaway USA) this year on Amazon and he said they were exactly the same but powder-coated black. He lied to me over the phone and I'm pissed about eating the 100 pack of worthless SL-2 clips he sold me. The metal is NOT the same. It is a cheaper softer steel. The powder coating comes off and becomes a sand-like grit which rubs/abraids my mono shock leader, and worst of all, the bend in the clip that goes through the eye of a jig or plug is slightly shorter and at a different angle and the width of the clip and therefore the space inside the clip is much narrower than the old style clip so there is less room for the eye of a hook or jighead or plug to insert to. This makes swapping plugs (and especially Redfish Magic Strike King jig heads) an absolute nightmare. The good ones were a shiny stainless steel and the new ones are a bronzed nickel or other inferior metal covered up with the 'new and improved my ass...' black powder coating. I'm sure all of these so-called improvements are reduction adjustments to save production costs and increase profits.... just like manufacturing in China instead of the USA (or England in this case) It is no wonder China owns our country (political rant over) I talked with another member on here who experienced the same thing so I'm not dreaming this S#!^ up. To the casual Fish-Sniffer type angler, the new clips would be great. To me, not so much... I have shown a photo of the good and the bad and ugly clips side-by-side. I want to buy the GOOD ONES but am unsure if I can get them anymore even from the bloke, Norman in the UK who invented them. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Tactical anglers are close but no cigar as they too have their own unique issues of susceptibility... Thanks SOL-brothers, Mark
  10. This is a 2008 custom lure, ordered from and built by Mike Bromelow of "Musky Snax" for fishing striped bass in lakes where rainbow trout are planted. It's never been fished and may have small imperfections but they will be very slight. It is nearly exact as the one shown in the striper photo... $85 shipped Paypal
  11. Thanks REELSHARP I actually have most of those. Most likely, it was a matter of place and time that I had so much action on that particular plug.... We all know stripers aren't that picky.... Still, I more or less wanted to run that exact plug to test that theory AGAIN... and also as a test of how much color (versus action) factors in to getting bit. I've always been a firm believer in the action of the plug being more important than color. I do catch a lot of big stripers on the broken back blue over silver REBEL of the same texture as that plug I lost and the ones you have in your photos. There may be something to the REBEL signature scratched-side texture that makes it reflect light better and attract big stripers particularly at night...
  12. Thanks XBMX and Morningwood and yes I have that one and hundreds of other Bombers, Rebels, Rapalas, Redfins, and other minnow plugs that all work but there's something about that chroma gold the big girls be wantin'... I saw after research that it was a htf color from the 1980's and is long out of production. Funny thing is, I've seen lots of them over the years and had the one I lost that night in my box for probably 20 years before I finally used it... I actually found a 5.5" broken back in the same color. I may have to swap out the hooks and give it a try. The great thing about stripers is that they pretty much eat everything in sight so I'm not too worried about it. Thanks again just the same.
  13. Found a 'new' old lure in my box the other night and proceeded to hook multiple beast stripers... didn't land any of the big ones but did manage the ones in the photos... biggest was 26#. Unfortunately, my last cast sent the plug flying to the point of no return... It kind of felt like a great first date that turned into a one night stand. I'm pretty sure that plug won't be calling me back for another 'hook-up'... SO, if you have any vintage, 7-inch Rebel floating minnows (particularly in the chroma-gold, blue/orange pattern) you want to sell or trade, please let me know. Thanks! Mark
  14. I'm in. Beautiful plug, THANKS!
  15. In my experience, stripers aren't line shy so I would never use fluorocarbon leaders. Maxima Ultragreen or P-Line CXX Xtra strong mono in 17-25# is all I ever use and I have landed many monsters (35-50+ lbs) in succession without even needing to change the leader. Application is freshwater though. For steelhead, which ARE line shy... I use Seaguar Invisex fluoro. P-Line Fluorocarbon and Fluoroclear are solid also. Maxima Fluorocarbon is decent. I would say that the only fluorocarbon line GUARANTEED TO FAIL and which everyone should avoid at all costs is.... BERKLEY VANISH! I used it ONCE and after it shredded and split in my first 20 minutes of using it, I threw the entire spool out. Another thing I don't do (besides fluorocarbon leaders) is join leaders to braid with swivels and/or use a Palomar knot to join two lines... I use a double UNI knot and it has a failure rate of .01% and I fish hard 20+ days per month between April and October for stripers... Ditch the Vanish, Do the Double-Uni and you should be golden. I think Berkley named it "Vanish" because that is what happens to your leader AND YOUR FISH when you use it, lol