Finally.. a decent snap clip.. and it’s made by Surecatch
Ever since the snap clips I was using last year went dodgy I've been looking for a suitable replacement. I've been through roughly 10 different brands and types and none of them were up to the task, they either straightened/bent or would not attach properly to jigheads or messed with the lures action too much. However I've been trialling these black coastlock snaps from Surecatch and so far I'm very impressed. They have been trialled on Striped, Yellowfin and Mack tuna up to about 3.5 kilos as well as GT's, Goldens, Bigeyes and Jewies across a range of techniques, including plastics, bibbed minnows, livebaiting and casting slugs. So far so good and only one test remains and its the hardest one of the lot. Tarpon. While they may not be big, a 60cm+ Tarpon will stress your terminal tackle like few other inshore fish out there, the constant jumps places a huge amount of stress on your end tackle. Tarpon season in the seaway has just started so we will soon see if these clips have what it takes. If you want to give them a go yourself the only place I've seen these is in BCF($2.95 a pack) , make sure you get the ones with the yellow 'Stainless Steel' sticker on the pack. I've been hard on Surecatch terminal tackle in the past and for good reason, most of it is unsuitable for targeting hard pulling, fast running fish. However this time they may have actually made something decent. Time will tell.
Update 6th June 2012.
These clips have now been tested on lots of big tarpon and have passed with flying colours so they are my reccomended clip at this point in time.