We’ve all seen the countless videos showing how to tune a crankbait, but did you know that your terminal tackle can also be throwing you a curve?

Regardless of where you fish during spring, trolling crankbaits in some fashion or another will likely play a role. One of the biggest mistakes anglers can make is using too large of terminal tackle, which can actually change the way a crankbait runs.

Forgoing a large snap-swivel in exchange for a small Duo-Lock snap will help ensure you’re getting the most out of your crankbaits. When snap weights or anything that can create line twist are likely, add a micro-swivel several feet up from your lure to combat twist, but still get great action out of your crankbaits. Note: Placing a swivel more than 3 feet up your line will impede netting, and it can smash into your rod tip, potentially creating damage.

Check out the video below to see exactly how it’s done.

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